Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Sunlit Bay: ?Similar to ‘Glaucus and Scylla’ and ‘Chryses’

1805

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 150 x 258 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05597
Turner Bequest XC 69

Catalogue entry

See note to folio 61 verso of the sketchbook (D05588), where it is suggested that both sketches fit together to form the composition used for the watercolour Chryses, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1811 (private collection),1 and the unpublished Liber Studiorum plate Glaucus and Scylla. In this sketch, the reflection of sunlight on the waters of a bay and a mountainous horizon, common to both subjects, are already sketched in. The right portion of these two compositions, containing wooded rocks with an arched opening and a curving sweep of shore, seems to be taking shape in the sketch on folio 61 verso.
1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.356 no.492.
Verso:
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David Blayney Brown
August 2007

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