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An edition of Thomas Campbell's poetry, with illustrations by Turner, was published in 1837. The twenty finished designs are now in the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh, but the Turner Bequest contains a number of preparatory studies for the series. This watercolour relates to one of the four illustrations to Campbell's poem 'The Pleasures of Hope', entitled 'The Andes Coast'. The colours adopted here, and the device of the moon setting over the sea, were retained in the finished work. However, there the pink clouds were transformed into a mountainous coastline.

September 2004