Joseph Mallord William Turner

Kaub and the Castle of Gutenfels

c.1820–4

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 396 x 507 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25511
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 387

Display caption

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.

Gallery label, August 2004

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