Throughout his life Turner peppered
his sketchbooks with notes of striking sunrises and sunsets, generally in rather than . Despite their apparent immediacy, many of his watercolours were actually painted
in the studio. Turner is supposed to
have preferred sunrises as they allowed him more time to observe a greater range of effects. However, the sunsets in several of his major have encouraged us to think chiefly of 'Turner Sunsets'.
Gallery label, September 2004
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