"'In 1840, Turner painted Bacchus and Ariadne, a variation of the grand old Titian theme. Turner has ommitted the sail of the vessel of Theseus, who, having slain the minotaur, deserts Ariadne at Naxos. There is a city on the height, and a river below.' - Thornbury's life of Turner."
Catalogue of a Loan Collection of Pictures forming the First Exhibition by the Art Association of Davenport, beginning February 23, 1878. Davenport: Egbert, Fidlar, & Chambers, Printers, 1878.