Joseph Mallord William Turner

The River Thames and Kew Bridge, with Brentford Eyot in the Foreground and Strand-on-Green Seen through the Arches: Low Tide


On loan

Mystic Seaport Museum (Mystic, USA): Turner Watercolours

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Support: 256 x 364 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XCV 42

Technique and condition

This pencil and watercolour composition is on white wove paper. Vague initial sketching in graphite pencil is visible. A mixture of pigments has been used to create the greens and browns in the foreground of this picture. The trees in the distance consist of a yellow transparent wash applied over a blue wash. The pigments used include Mars orange, Mars red, yellow ochre and brown earth pigments, all mixed as needed with Prussian blue, and probably some indigo in the sky. The latter blue, if used on the left aide of the sky, has faded somewhat, to an extent that cannot be determined, since this sheet has not been displayed with a window mount that would have protected the outer edges from fading. Mars pigments are manufactured earth pigments with brighter colours than the natural products.

Helen Evans
October 2008

Revised by Joyce Townsend
February 2011

Catalogue entry


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