Joseph Mallord William Turner Between Quillebeuf and Villequier c.1832

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Between Quillebeuf and Villequier
Date c.1832
Medium Gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 137 x 191 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLIX 104
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The design in this watercolour foreshadows Turner’s painting of the Fighting Téméraire (seen in the print to the right). The later painting was a nostalgic reflection upon Britain’s passing glories. This scene, of a streamtug on the lower Seine in France, is more straightforward in its presentation of the usefulness and even excitement of the new technology.

September 2004

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