Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Sun Rising or Setting over Land

c.1820–40

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Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 286 x 436 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25258
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 136

Catalogue entry

Ian Warrell has noted this work among ‘colour beginnings’ with a central sun, reserved as bare paper, along with are Tate D25186, D25332 and D25514 (Turner Bequest CCLXIII 64, 210, 390).1 For further ‘colour beginnings’ focusing on a centrally placed sun, see the Introduction to this subsection.
1
See Warrell 1991, p.40.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by John Ruskin in pencil ‘AB 150 P | O’ top left (rubbed); inscribed in pencil ‘CCLXIII 136’, stamped in black with Turner Bequest monogram over ‘CCLXIII – 136’ and inscribed in pencil ‘D.25258’ bottom right.
There is some offsetting from a straight edge, possibly watercolour transferred from other similar sheets, and what may be a paw print from one of the cats which roamed Turner’s house and studio1 (compare the verso of Tate D25476; Turner Bequest CCLXIII 353).

Matthew Imms
March 2016

1
See for example James Hamilton, Turner: A Life, London 1997, p.304.

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