Joseph Mallord William Turner

Round Tower: Twilight

c.1830

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
Gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 138 x 192 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24754
Turner Bequest CCLIX 189

Display caption

The tower in this scene has not been identified. It may be in France, as the drawing shares many characteristics
with paintings Turner made as a result
of his travels in Normandy and along
the River Seine.

 

Several of the images in that series also include the moon, though such romantic, nocturnal effects were becoming more prevalent in art works and literature of
the period. A text that Turner frequently referred to was Byron's Childe Harold's Pilgrimage: 'The moon is up, and yet
it is not night - Sunset divides the sky
with her'.

 

Gallery label, September 2004

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