Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Transparency: A Moss-Covered Cottage and Shed, with a Man Smoking and a Lantern

1794–5

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 331 x 235 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00693
Turner Bequest XXVIII H

Display caption

This drawing, together with 'Moonlight Through Trees' (also displayed on this wall), has the additional interest of being a 'transparency'. Such pictures, for which there developed a vogue during the mid-1790s, were intended to offer two effects; one when seen ordinarily and a second, more dramatic, when a light source is placed behind the sheet. The latter method of viewing usually invests the image with the romantic glow of moonlight and/or firelight. The adjacent photograph shows the drawing as it appears when lit from behind.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

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