Joseph Mallord William Turner

Seascape

c.1822–3

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Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 257 x 178 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17723
Turner Bequest CCII 4

Catalogue entry

This seascape is rendered swiftly with vigorous strokes of blue, green and grey wash. A mushrooming rain cloud looms at the left towards the blue streaked sky. As with the previous folio (Tate D17722; Turner Bequest CCII 3), the drawing is barely developed; simply a rough sketch of a compositional idea or quickly taken on the spot from the beach or boat. Similar handling can be found in Turner’s Skies sketchbook of about 1816–8 (Tate D12450–D12526; Turner Bequest CLVIII 2–69.
Verso:
Blank

Alice Rylance-Watson
March 2013

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