Joseph Mallord William Turner

Arch of Clouds over the Sea

c.1840

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 212 x 276 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D33671
Turner Bequest CCCXL 6

Display caption

When travelling back from Venice in 1840, Turner made sketches at Passau and Burg Ilz in a 'roll' sketchbook which was slightly smaller than those he generally carried with him. As well as the seven topographical views, the book contained three watercolour sky studies. In this subject, the expanse of water could represent the River Danube, but it is perhaps more probable that this was an effect he saw while crossing the Channel at the end of the tour.

Gallery label, August 2004

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