Joseph Mallord William Turner
Kaub and the Castle of Gutenfels: Colour Study c.1820

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Kaub and the Castle of Gutenfels: Colour Study
Date c.1820
Medium Watercolour and graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 396 x 507 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 387
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Nos.18 and 19 are both colour studies for the same watercolour commission (no.20). Turner has used the identical size and type of paper for each study and has positioned his images in exactly the same way on the two sheets. However, he has experimented with different colour schemes, no.18 being much lighter and brighter, with a greater emphasis on primary colours. In that work the composition is also much more fully resolved and both Kaub and Burg Gutenfels are now clearly visible.

August 2004

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