J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Sunset over the River Thames c.1806-14

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 4 Recto:
Sunset over the River Thames circa 1806–14
Turner Bequest CI 4
Pencil on white wove paper, 107 x 180 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Greenish Blue’ in sky at right of centre, ‘Green’ and ‘Blue’ above horizon left of centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘4’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CI 4’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is more carefully wrought than most sketches in the book. A further pencil note by Turner on folio 3 verso (D40802), ‘Red light’, describes the colour of the sunset sky. For other sunset or sky studies see folios 6–9, 28, 39 verso and 40 (D06625–D06628, D06647, D06661, D06662).

David Blayney Brown
December 2006

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Sunset over the River Thames c.1806–14 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 2006, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-sunset-over-the-river-thames-r1130716, accessed 27 November 2015.