Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sunset at Sea, with a Lighthouse and Ship

1796–7

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Medium
Gouache, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 93 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01125
Turner Bequest XXXVII 8

Catalogue entry

Although this subject appears to be complete in itself, the drawing opposite on folio 5 recto (D01126; Turner Bequest XXXVII 9), seems cramped and unsatisfactory, requiring extension on a page that is now missing. The recto of that page would perhaps have supplied an expansion of this moonlit seascape in conformity with other views over water in this book, on folios 1 verso–2 recto and 32 verso–33 recto (D01119–D01120, D01183–D01184; Turner Bequest XXXVII 2–3, 66–67); however, compare the single-sheet study of a sunset (or moonrise?) over the sea on folio 56 verso (D01231; Turner Bequest XXXVII 114).

Andrew Wilton
September 2012

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