Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sunset Study, Probably for ‘Flint Castle’

c.1820–30

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 274 x 375 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35986
Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 143

Display caption

The sunset which emblazons the sky in this study relates to a watercolour of Flint Castle, on the north coast of Wales (private collection, Japan), which Turner may have intended to have had engraved for the Picturesque Views in England and Wales. As in many of his later pictures, the rays of the sun draw the viewer's eye outwards to the edge of the image, mirroring the effect of peripheral vision.

Gallery label, August 2004

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