Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Study for ‘The Angel Standing in the Sun’

c.1841–6

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 186 x 230 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D27595
Turner Bequest CCLXXX 78

Display caption

As well as illustrations for the poetry of Samuel Rogers and Sir Walter Scott, in the early 1830s Turner also made a small group of vignette designs for John Macrone's 1835 edition of Milton's 'Poetical Works'. Three of these were engraved as illustrations to the epic poem 'Paradise Lost' (no.54). No.53, meanwhile, represents the famous episode in Book One of that poem when Satan summons his legions on the burning lake, although it was never worked up into a finished design. Many other broad colour layouts for vignette illustrations exist in the Turner Bequest.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

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