Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Sunrise or Sunset over the Channel

1845

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 86 x 111 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35578
Turner Bequest CCCLXI 51 a

Catalogue entry

This vigorous study, unusually smudged to indicate tone, appears to show clouds at sunrise or sunset, perhaps over the Channel; compare folio 52 recto opposite (D35579). See the sketchbook’s Introduction for the many slight coastal and shipping views and inscribed studies of clouds and the sun over the sea scattered through it.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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