Joseph Mallord William Turner

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

1794–5

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Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 331 x 235 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40335

Catalogue entry

This shows the same scene as on recto (D00693; Turner Bequest XXVIII H) in reverse, painted in black, indigo and umber, with a sunset effect in the sky.
Technical notes:
This side of the sheet bears washes intended by Turner to enhance the tonal contrasts of his watercolour design on the recto. Bower notes that Turner does not adopt the usual practice in making transparencies, enhancing the translucency of the paper by applications of varnish; he says that ‘there are slight indications that the paper has been oiled lightly’.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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