After Joseph Mallord William Turner Orfordness, engraved by J.C. Allen date not known

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Orfordness, engraved by J.C. Allen
Date Date not known
Medium Etching and line engraving on paper
Dimensions Image: 178 x 248 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1992
Reference
T06614
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The original designs for this unrealised scheme for the East Coast were executed
in watercolour on blue/grey paper. Turner liked experimenting with different toned papers which enabled him to achieve startling effects with intense white bodycolour highlights on the darker
ground. The engraver, JC Allen, has similarly made a feature of these highlights. The foaming waves and partially illuminated stormy sky provide a fittingly dramatic backdrop to the events being played out
in the foreground. A beleaguered ship in difficulty off the treacherous Suffolk coast would have been a common sight for inhabitants of coastal regions.

September 2004

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