Joseph Mallord William Turner
Sun Setting over a Lake c.1840

Artwork details

Sun Setting over a Lake
Date c.1840
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 911 x 1226 mm
frame: 1074 x 1377 x 145 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Not on display

Display caption

While the topographical details of this painting are hazy and indistinct, the sunset is vividly depicted, lighting up the sky in vibrant reds and oranges, reflected across the water. At the right, passages of white paint may depict snowy Alpine mountains, perhaps those around Lake Lucerne, a destination favoured by the artist during the 1840s.

February 2010

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