Joseph Mallord William Turner
?Study for ‘Eddystone Lighthouse’ c.1817

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?Study for ‘Eddystone Lighthouse’
Date c.1817
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 254 x 383 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXCVI H
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Storms often feature as a dramatic and sublime component of Turner’s paintings. In these three watercolours, gathering storm clouds above a menacing sea provide the artist with the opportunity to experiment with contrasting areas of dark and light.

Turner has combined fluid washes with energetic brushstrokes to create a sense of perpetual movement and change in the weather. Each composition preserves a unity between the sky and the water, the energy or stillness of the waves mirroring or balancing the dynamic masses of the clouds.

April 2005

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