Joseph Mallord William TurnerA Transparency: A Moss-Covered Cottage and Shed, with a Man Smoking and a Lantern 1794-5

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Title
A Transparency: A Moss-Covered Cottage and Shed, with a Man Smoking and a Lantern
Date 1794-5
MediumWatercolour on paper
Dimensionssupport: 331 x 235 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40335
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Transparency: A Moss-Covered Cottage and Shed, with a Man Smoking and a Lantern 1794–5
D40335
Watercolour and oil on white wove paper, 331 x 235 mm
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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