The bright almost blinding quality of this work demonstrates the plight of Regulas, a Roman general. In classical mythology Regulus was a Roman general who was captured by the Carthaginians. Regulus was sent to Rome to by the Carthaginians to negotiate the release of their prisoners. However, he failed and was punished by having his eyelids removed.
Joseph Mallord William Turner
8.95 x 123.8 cm
Date of work
1828 - 1837
Joseph Mallord William Turner was born in London; he remained a Londoner and kept a Cockney accent all his life despite dominating British landscape painting throughout the first half of the 19th century. He established a reputation in the Royal Academy, first as a topographical watercolourist and then within a few years as a painter of sublime and historical landscapes. From the mid-1790s he settled on the routine he maintained for much of his life: touring in summer and working in the studio in the winter months. He opened his own gallery and had many patrons and admirers as well as detractors. After his death a large body of his works in oil and watercolour was given to the British nation, with many on show at Tate Britain.