Colour and Line, room guide, Britain pre 1802 Room 2

In his early work, Turner used colours popular with an earlier generation of artists: low-toned, muted colours such as cool greys, browns, blues and greens. His pencil sketches were usually finely-executed with careful attention to architectural detail. At times he used watercolour a bit like oil paint, with densely layered washes and dramatic contrasts between light and dark.

His early tours took him right across Britain. He studied landscapes as diverse as Yorkshire and the Lake District, the Midlands, the Isle of Wight, Bristol, Oxford and the mountains of Wales and Scotland.

Joseph Mallord William Turner, ‘Briton Ferry: A Fisherman’s Cottage and a Boat Pulled Up under a Low Cliff’ 1795–6
Joseph Mallord William Turner
Briton Ferry: A Fisherman’s Cottage and a Boat Pulled Up under a Low Cliff 1795–6
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Joseph Mallord William Turner, ‘Oxford: Christ Church from the River’ ?1798–9
Joseph Mallord William Turner
Oxford: Christ Church from the River ?1798–9
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Joseph Mallord William Turner, ‘A Steep Hillside with a Mountain Stream’ 1797–8
Joseph Mallord William Turner
A Steep Hillside with a Mountain Stream 1797–8
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Joseph Mallord William Turner, ‘Shipping and Rowing Boats in the Avon Gorge’ 1798
Joseph Mallord William Turner
Shipping and Rowing Boats in the Avon Gorge 1798
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