Joseph Mallord William Turner The New Moon; or, ‘I’ve lost My Boat, You shan’t have Your Hoop’ exhibited 1840

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Title
The New Moon; or, ‘I’ve lost My Boat, You shan’t have Your Hoop’
Date Exhibited 1840
Medium Oil paint on mahogany
Dimensions Support: 654 x 813 mm
frame: 960 x 1109 x 105 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
N00526
Not on display

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This is a view of the Kent coast at Margate, where Turner often stayed in his later years. Turner had, since the 1820s, been exploring the possibilities of suggesting a wider expanse of landscape through the inclusion of both setting sun and rising moon.

This delicately coloured seascape was partly painted while already in its frame. Turner worked on the picture rapidly, perhaps developing a sketch. Contemporary critics made fun of Turner’s subtitle, but the little episode shows his understanding and fondness of children.

September 2004

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