Joseph Mallord William Turner Caernarvon Castle with Sailing Boats; Sunset (?or Moonlight) 1798

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Caernarvon Castle with Sailing Boats; Sunset (?or Moonlight)
From Academical Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XLIII
Date 1798
Dimensions Support: 214 x 140 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XLIII 41 a
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Turner sketched Caernarfon Castle many times during his visit to Wales in 1798. He was particularly fascinated with the changing effects of light on the water in front of the Castle, as this sketch demonstrates.

Although Turner obviously made this informal drawing very quickly, it still shows a profound debt to the carefully balanced classical landscapes of the seventeenth-century artist Claude Lorraine.

September 2004

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