Joseph Mallord William Turner

Colour Trials

1799

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
None
Dimensions
Support: 131 x 78 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02166
Turner Bequest XLVI 115

Display caption

Turner would have made most of his paintings of the sea in the studio, but his sketchbooks reveal his tendency to sketch from life in front of the subject. He had a great interest in details of rigging and masts and took pains to ensure the accuracy of his drawings. A contemporary audience would have recognised the visual differences between commercial and naval shipping.

Gallery label, July 2008

Catalogue entry