Joseph Mallord William Turner Caernarvon Castle with Shipping: Moonlight c.1798–9

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Caernarvon Castle with Shipping: Moonlight
From Academical Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XLIII
Date c.1798–9
Dimensions Support: 140 x 216 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XLIII 44 a
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Made with the page turned horizontally, like the drawing on folio 43 verso (D01862; Turner Bequest XLIII 42a) this shows Turner’s delight in complex superimpositions of boats and their rigging on one another, or on background buildings. He adds in this instance a wreath of smoke, presumably from a fire on the shore at the right, which obscures the moon in place of the cloud that performs the same function in the drawing on folio 44 verso (D01864; Turner Bequest XLIII 43a).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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