Joseph Mallord William Turner

Twilight over the Sea, Probably at Folkestone

1845

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 230 x 328 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35379
Turner Bequest CCCLVI 18

Catalogue entry

The bottom half of this sheet has been painted with continuous fluid strokes of wash in pale green, blue, and pink evoking the muted tones of nightfall. The layering of wash has caused the pigments to delicately bleed and feather into one another. Daubs of vivid blue paint to the right suggest the leisurely transit of cloud across the scene. The pencil outlines of what appears to be the mast of a sailing-boat can be seen towards the right, whilst another vessel or the suggestion of land is tentatively given form on the left.

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2013

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