Joseph Mallord William Turner
Sunrise, with a Boat between Headlands c.1840–5

Artwork details

Sunrise, with a Boat between Headlands
Date c.1840–5
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 914 x 1219 mm
frame: 1070 x 1375 x 87 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Not on display

Display caption

Displayed here are two paintings: an unfinished landscape, thought to depict either Lake Lucerne from Brunnen or a stretch of the river Rhine; and a finished subject from Dido and Aeneas.

John Burnet described the unfinished works that Turner brought to the Royal Academy on Varnishing Days as ‘divided into large masses of blue, where the water or sky was to come, [with] other portions laid out in broad orange yellow, falling into delicate brown where the trees and landscapes were to be placed’ (1852). Turner would then add further representational details and local colour to complete the picture.

February 2010

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