Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sunset amid Dark Clouds over the Sea

c.1845

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
Watercolour and chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 222 x 330 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35240
Turner Bequest CCCLIII 1

Display caption

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.

Gallery label, September 2004

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