Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Sun Rising or Setting over Water

c.1825–30

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 245 x 346 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25332
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 210

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While Constable is well known for his studies of clouds made during the 1820s, many pages in Turner's notebooks record this kind of subject as an ever-present concern of his work. Ruskin wrote that the scientific delineation of 'the aspects of sunset and sunrise, with all their attendant phenomena of cloud and mist' was a central obsession in contemporary art. It is easy to see in these studies how Turner was able to recreate the effects of clouded skies in the finished watercolours for projects such as the 'Rivers of England' and the 'Picturesque Views in England and Wales'.

Gallery label, August 2004

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