Joseph Mallord William Turner Eu by Moonlight 1845

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Title
Eu by Moonlight
From Eu and Treport Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCCLIX
Date 1845
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 231 x 330 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35453
Turner Bequest CCCLIX 18
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Turner made his last trip to France in the autumn of 1845. This excursion included the distinction of a dinner invitation from King Louis Philippe, whom he had known during his exile in England. Turner had renewed their acquaintance by sending
a presentation copy of the engravings
of his England and Wales series.

 

Undaunted by the distinguished guests
at the chateau of Eu, in Picardy, Turner produced a series of wonderfully atmospheric and experimental studies. This example possibly shows a lake in the chateau grounds, though the landscape meets its reflection, making it difficult
to establish what is being represented.

 

September 2004

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