Joseph Mallord William Turner

Seascape, with Land in Distance

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
D17727
Turner Bequest CCII 8

Catalogue entry

Turner scholars have pointed out that sky studies such as this are similar to those in the Skies sketchbook of about 1816–8 (Tate D12450–D12526; Turner Bequest CLVIII 2–69).1 Here Turner has applied blue wash to the sheet in vigorous diagonal dry brush-strokes leaving the grain of the paper exposed to create a mottled effect. This preliminary setting out of colour has been blurred in opposing diagonal strokes of very dilute wash evoking the way in which beams of light pierce through cloud. A roughly wrought strip of wash suggests a headland. The sea beneath is rendered in shades of blue-grey and pale green at the periphery.
1
Butlin, Wilton, and Gage 1974, p.97, no.260.
Verso:
Blank

Alice Rylance-Watson
March 2013

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