Joseph Mallord William Turner
View through Medieval Arches on to a Moonlit Canal 1840

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View through Medieval Arches on to a Moonlit Canal
Date 1840
Medium Chalk, gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 307 x 239 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCXVIII 27
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In this work Turner uses rapid touches of bodycolour to create reflections in the dark water of the canal. Several drawings in this series on brown paper make dramatic use of arches to frame buildings. Here the arch has been used as a silhouette against the moonlit sky.

This work has been exposed to light for long periods of time, causing the paper to change colour. The original colour can be seen at the edges of the sheet, which have been protected from the light.

September 2004

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