Joseph Mallord William Turner

Rain Falling over the Sea ?near Boulogne

1845

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Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 238 x 336 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35398
Turner Bequest CCCLVII 11 a

Catalogue entry

As on the other side of this sheet (D35397; Turner Bequest CCCLVII 11), Turner develops the theme of rainclouds breaking over the sea. Distinctive here is the rich colouristic effect of indigo and crimson at the centre of the cloud and the overlapping, claw-like formation of brush-strokes to depict falling rain.
Technical notes:
The pencil inscription of ‘11’ and the upside down stamp of ‘CCCLVII – 11’ give the Turner Bequest number for D35397, on the other side of the present sketch, and inverted in relation to it.

John Chu
December 2013

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