Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study for ‘Sun Rising through Vapour; Fishermen Cleaning and Selling Fish’

c.1799–1805

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 271 x 436 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04958
Turner Bequest LXXXI 56

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, this is one of several studies for Sun Rising through Vapour; Fishermen Cleaning and Selling Fish, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1807 (National Gallery, London);1 see under folio 12 verso (D04925; Turner Bequest LXXXI 24).This one gives in broad terms the relationship of the various elements of the central part of the composition, including the receding water–line and the position of the sun to the left of the man–o’–war in the centre distance.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.53–4 no.69, pl.79 (colour).

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