Joseph Mallord William TurnerStudy for 'The Vision', for Rogers's 'Poems' c.1830-2

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Artist
Title
Study for 'The Vision', for Rogers's 'Poems'
Date c.1830-2
MediumGraphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensionssupport: 245 x 310 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D27721
Turner Bequest CCLXXX 204
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Study for ‘The Vision’, for Rogers’s ‘Poems’ circa 1830–2
D27721
Turner Bequest CCLXXX 204
Pencil and watercolour, approximately 120 x 115 mm on white wove paper, 196 x 296 mm
Inscribed by unknown hands in pencil ‘237’ top right, ascending vertically and ‘CCLXXX – 204’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXX 204’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is an experimental colour study for the finished watercolour The Vision, one of seven illustrations which Turner designed for the ‘The Voyage of Columbus’, the final work in Rogers’s Poems (see Tate D27714; Turner Bequest CCLXXX 197). The rough watercolour sketch shows the dark outlines of Columbus’s three ships sailing on a calm sea, set against a fiery red sky. At the top of the composition, Turner has added in pencil a row of shield-bearing warrior figures. This is probably an early design for the vignette. Comparison with the final scene demonstrates that his concept developed considerably.
Turner produced an additional colour study for The Vision (see Tate D27720; Turner Bequest CCLXXX 203), as well as a compositional pencil drawing of the final design (see Tate D40175).
Verso:
Inscribed by unknown hands in pencil ‘No Guard’ top centre and ‘32 | b’ centre, and ‘2nd part of CCLXXX 204 – 204 / (In 2 parts)’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXX 204’ lower centre right

Meredith Gamer
August 2006

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