Joseph Mallord William Turner

?The Sun Rising through Cloud or Mist

c.1820–40

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 306 x 489 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25200
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 78

Catalogue entry

With its reserved patch of blank white paper within a hazy yellow mass of cloud or mist against a blue sky, this appears to be an evocation of a dawn effect. For other ‘colour beginnings’ focusing on a centrally placed sun, see the Introduction to this subsection.
Technical notes:
Irregular staining is evident at the top right, possibly sustained in the 1928 Tate Gallery flood.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed in pencil by John Ruskin ‘AB 150 P | O’ bottom right; inscribed in pencil ‘CCLXIII. 78’ bottom right; stamped in black with Turner Bequest monogram over ‘CCLXIII – 78’ bottom left.
There is some staining, perhaps offset from the edge of another sheet.

Matthew Imms
March 2016

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