Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Yellow Mountains

after c.1830

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 224 x 293 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36114
Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 267

Technique and condition

This work has been executed using watercolour and gouache on a mid-brown wove paper with no watermark.
The sheet has suffered water damage at some point, possibly during the 1928 flood which immersed the lower galleries of the Tate in between five and eight feet of water and damaged much of the collection; this has resulted in some mould growth on the surface of the sheet.
This work was swiftly painted; this is particularly evident in the brush-strokes in the foreground. The colours are still vibrant despite the water damage and gouache has been used to great effect to create an imposing and dramatic sky.

Helen Evans
July 2009

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