Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Sun Reflected on the Sea ?near Boulogne

1845

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 238 × 336 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35393
Turner Bequest CCCLVII 8

Catalogue entry

As in the preceding and subsequent two works as originally constituted in the sketchbook (D35392, D35394, D35395; Turner Bequest CCCLVII 7, 9, 10), Turner here attempts to catch the effect of a low sun reflected on the sea. In this instance, a greater repertoire of brush-strokes and glazes is deployed over a more concentrated area. Scudding clouds are formed of glancing dark pink and grey-blue brush-stokes and the sun ‘lifted off’ from the yellow wash. The reflection of the sea is created out of a blunt triangle of ‘reserved’ paper although this is at variance from the position of the actual sun. A row of thin grey parallel strokes towards the centre left of the page may indicate the presence of a pier or jetty.
Verso:
Blank, except for lightly speckled brown discolouration across the whole page.

John Chu
December 2013

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