Watercolour demands a different approach from painting in oil. The artist works from light to dark and has to deal with the unpredictability of wet washes. Turner’s innovative methods and unchallenged mastery of technique raised the status of watercolour, and provide a benchmark which is still admired today.

Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'The Source of the Arveyron' 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner
The Source of the Arveyron 1802
Pencil, watercolour and gouache on paper
support: 313 x 468 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

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Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'The Blue Headland; a Figure and a Dog on the Shore, Perhaps at Margate' circa 1835-40

Joseph Mallord William Turner
The Blue Headland; a Figure and a Dog on the Shore, Perhaps at Margate circa 1835-40
Watercolour on paper
support: 191 x 279 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

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