Joseph Mallord William Turner
Sunset amid Dark Clouds over the Sea c.1845

Artwork details

Sunset amid Dark Clouds over the Sea
From The Whalers Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCCLIII
Date c.1845
Medium Watercolour and chalk on paper
Dimensions Support: 222 x 330 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLIII 1
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

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This study was formerly part of a sketchbook containing studies of whaling vessels. These sketches may have played a part in the creative process of the three oil on canvas whaling subjects on display downstairs. On this sheet, which was painted at much the same time, Turner has used coloured chalks, as well as watercolour, to create an intense and sombre sunset. Unfortunately, the sheet was among the works of art that were damaged when the Thames flooded the lower floor of the Tate Gallery in 1928; the central part of the drawing is still noticeably blotted.

September 2004

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