Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sunset over the Sea

1802

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

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04202
Turner Bequest LXXI 10

Catalogue entry

Numbered by Finberg as folio 10 of this book, this has since been rebound as folio 12. Turner’s sketch exploits the particularly strong preparatory tinting of the paper, the disc and glow of the sun being vigorously scratched out. Notwithstanding Finberg, the subject is presumably sunset, as later painted by Turner from a similar viewpoint in Calais Sands, Low Water, Poissards Collecting Bait, shown at the Royal Academy in 1830 (Bury Art Gallery and Museum).1
1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.187–8 no.334 (pl.336).
Verso:
Pencil offset of a tower, from folio 13 of this sketchbook (D04203).

David Blayney Brown
April 2003

Read full Catalogue entry

Explore

You might like