Joseph Mallord William Turner
Ships in a Storm, with Lightning c.1834

Artwork details

Ships in a Storm, with Lightning
From The Fire at Sea Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCLXXXII
Date c.1834
Medium Watercolour and gouache on paper
Dimensions Support: 139 x 228 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXXII 5
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Unfortunately, this sheet was badly damaged by being exposed to the light over a long period during the late nineteenth century. However, it is still possible to appreciate the scene of marine peril that Turner has conjured up. The flash of lightning on the left draws attention to the plight of two boats, while the distant glow of more tranquil moonlight serves only to heighten the present dangers of those in the storm.

September 1995

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