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To create this nocturnal coastal view, Turner has deployed a gamut of watercolour techniques. The moonlit sea is indicated by a large area of ‘reserved’ blank paper while its choppy movements are depicted by a broken, snaking line in liquid blue-grey and by the rhythmic flicking of a thicker brush in paler grey. Relatively detailed ochre and dark blue brush-work brings forth the nuances of a cloudy night sky from grey washes. The whiteness of the moon, towards the top left of the page, is achieved with a small ‘reserved’, or perhaps ‘stopped out’, patch of blank paper, and given extra lustre by the ‘dropping-in’ of a dark spot of indigo immediately beneath.
For reasons set out in the Technical notes in the sketchbook Introduction, this work appears inverted in relation to the volume as foliated.
Blank; except for light patches of grey watercolour transferred from folio 15 recto opposite (D35474; Turner Bequest CCCLX 16).
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