Throughout his life Turner peppered
his sketchbooks with notes of striking sunrises and sunsets, generally in pencil rather than watercolour. Despite their apparent immediacy, many of his watercolours were actually painted
in the studio. Turner is supposed to
have preferred sunrises as they allowed him more time to observe a greater range of effects. However, the sunsets in several of his major paintings have encouraged us to think chiefly of 'Turner Sunsets'.