Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sunset over the Thames: ?Harty Church

1805–9

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: 115 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06517
Turner Bequest XCIX 90

Display caption

Turner made many studies in this book for the breezy seapieces he exhibited at his own gallery in 1808. In the finished oil paintings he brought together his interest in the ships and smaller craft of the Thames estuary with acutely observed weather and lighting conditions. The sketches on this page opening are typical of these dual interests, which are balanced throughout the book. On the left-hand sheet he has recorded a sunset from the water, making a note to himself at the bottom of the page: 'Sun like an Egg yoke'.

Gallery label, September 2004

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