Joseph Mallord William Turner

Yellow Sky over a Grey Sea

1844

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Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 228 x 325 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D34963
Turner Bequest CCCXLV 2

Display caption

Turner used this sketchbook on his last trip to Switzerland. He began the book twice, at first making a group of three sky studies, including this one, most probably as he crossed the Channel. Then, once he had reached Lucerne, he painted his sketches of Mount Rigi at the other end of the book. The use of a simple combination of yellow and grey washes effectively recreates the light of dawn, at the moment before sunrise.

Gallery label, September 1995

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