Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sea and Sky, ?England

c.1820–30

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
None
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25452
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 329

Catalogue entry

This is one of a large number of sketches on loose sheets of paper depicting coastal terrain and seagoing vessels in various combinations. Turner specialist Eric Shanes has suggested that this particular sketch may depict the English coast.1 For the grouping and dating of these works to the middle and later periods of Turner’s career, see the section introduction.
1
Eric Shanes, Turner’s Watercolour Explorations 1810–1842, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.95.
Technical Notes:
Top and bottom right-hand corners of the sheet have been torn out and repaired.
Verso:
Blank

John Chu
June 2015

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