Joseph Mallord William Turner
Pegwell Bay [Turner] ?1830s

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Pegwell Bay [Turner]
From Kent Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCCLXIII
Date ?1830s
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 76 x 98 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLXIII 27
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These watercolours share a common palette of grey, black, blue and olive-green backgrounds interspersed with fluid bands of pink, yellow or blue. Turner may have painted the sheets one after the other, using the same few colours ready mixed on his palette.

Working in this way freed Turner from the conventions of watercolour painting and enabled him to experiment with new methods. In On the Sea Shore he seems to have created dots of colour by flicking a brush loaded with paint against the paper.

April 2005

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