Joseph Mallord William Turner
Sea and Sky c.1820–30

Artwork details

Sea and Sky
Date c.1820–30
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 171 x 239 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 281
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Technique and condition

Watercolour sketch on a cream, wove paper. There is some discolouration overall, but in general the support is in fair condition. The watercolour depicts a seascape with a rough sea in the foreground made up of loose, feathery brushstokes, ranging to thinner washes and applications of colour in the background. The media appears to be in sound condition but slight darkening of the support overall may have lead to changes in the balance of the composition. The black watercolour has a grainy, cloudy appearance suggesting that some starch has been added by the artist.

Katharine Lockett
September 2003

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