Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sunset at Sea

1845

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 170 x 70 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35360
Turner Bequest CCCLV 14

Catalogue entry

Here Turner has produced a number of miniature coast and sea views: sketches of a softly mounded beach or a distant view of a coastline; a figure possibly standing upon the shore; and a ship on the horizon. The sails of a small sailing-boat or perhaps tendrils smoke from a steamer may have been suggested to the right of the ship. It appears that Turner applied some brief touches of chalk to the central drawing, smudged to suggest sky.

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2013

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