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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 230 x 328 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35377
Turner Bequest CCCLVI 16

Catalogue entry

Turner has rendered the obscure forms of a headland in this drawing through vigorous strokes and layers of wash applied over dry paper, lending parts of it a mottled effect. Daubs of graded blue-grey suggest a body of water, perhaps the sea or Pent Stream, at the right. Turner exploits the textured grain of the paper by using a predominantly dry-brush method; the dark grey-brown pigment in the central register particularly rendered to full, contrastive effect as a result. Above, the form of a building on the headland is rendered hazily in dabs of umber and brown wash. An isolated stretch of sky is punctured by a broad stroke of brown wash – a spontaneous continuation of the colour used in the headland.
Technical notes:
Some of the pigment has offset onto the folio opposite.

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2013

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