Joseph Mallord William Turner Moonlight, a Study at Millbank exhibited 1797

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Title
Moonlight, a Study at Millbank
Date Exhibited 1797
Medium Oil paint on mahogany
Dimensions Support: 314 x 403 mm
frame: 507 x 602 x 115 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
N00459
Not on display

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Turner's first oil shown at the Royal Academy was a marine nocturne, shown in 1796. This night piece of the Thames, from a position near that of Tate Britain, belongs to the following year. Moonlight effects were a fashionable pictorial convention, mainly derived from Dutch seventeenth-century painters like Aert van der Neer then popular with British collectors. Here, however, the impression is of an uncontrived naturalism.

August 2004

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