Joseph Mallord William Turner

View through Medieval Arches on to a Moonlit Canal

1840

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk, gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 307 x 239 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D32246
Turner Bequest CCCXVIII 27

Display caption

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.

Gallery label, September 2004

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