The Art of the Sublime

Joseph Mallord William Turner Morning amongst the Coniston Fells, Cumberland exhibited 1798

Joseph Mallord William Turner 'Morning amongst the Coniston Fells, Cumberland' exhibited 1798
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Morning amongst the Coniston Fells, Cumberland exhibited 1798
Oil paint on canvas
support: 1229 x 899 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Tate N00461
The mountain is Coniston Old Man, Cumbria, which Turner saw in 1797. This was the first picture that he elevated by quoting poetry in the Royal Academy catalogue. He chose lines from Milton’s Paradise Lost, describing the ‘mists and exhalations’ of the atmosphere at sunrise. These shifting airs and lights, and flock of sheep running before them, give the landscape a natural drama and intensity. A reviewer in 1798 remarked ‘This artist’s works discover a strength of mind which is not [sic] often the concomitant of much longer experience: and their effect in oil or on paper is equally sublime.’

How to cite

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Morning amongst the Coniston Fells, Cumberland exhibited 1798, in Nigel Llewellyn and Christine Riding (eds.), The Art of the Sublime, January 2013, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/the-sublime/joseph-mallord-william-turner-morning-amongst-the-coniston-fells-cumberland-r1105576, accessed 21 December 2014.