Joseph Mallord William Turner
Seascape with Burning Hulk ?1828

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Seascape with Burning Hulk
Date ?1828
Medium Oil paint on muslin mounted on board
Dimensions Support: 241 x 416 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Not on display

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The cold lighting and melancholy mood of this broadly handled sketch anticipate the marine sketches of the 1830s and early 1840s, whose subjects were most probably suggested by Turner's visits to Margate. Turner has paid particular attention to the sky, whose changing moods he usually recorded in watercolour. The motif of the burning hulk recurs in his work in the mid 1830s. This sketch was painted on the same piece of millboard as one of the Italian subjects dated to 1828. It was more probably a studio recollection than an impression painted from nature.

August 2004

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