Joseph Mallord William Turner Two Fishing Boats Seen from the Shore 1796–7

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Date 1796–7
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XXXIII P
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Turner was a creative painter, constantly striving for new effects and different
ways of doing things. He liked to experiment with various types of paper and coloured grounds. This seascape
has been executed on a white paper prepared with a grey-brown wash.
This has proved particularly effective
for showing a cloudy sky threatening
rain and a churning, cold English sea.


Unfortunately this watercolour has faded, and the background now appears more pinky-brown. The breakers have been picked out in white gouache (opaque watercolour) highlights.


September 2004

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