Joseph Mallord William Turner

Vignette Study of a Ship at Sea for ‘The Andes Coast’, Campbell’s ‘Poetical Works’


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Watercolour on paper
Support: 215 × 295 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXX 7

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An edition of Thomas Campbell's poetry, with illustrations by Turner, was published in 1837. The twenty finished designs are now in the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh, but the Turner Bequest contains a number of preparatory studies for the series. This watercolour relates to one of the four illustrations to Campbell's poem 'The Pleasures of Hope', entitled 'The Andes Coast'. The colours adopted here, and the device of the moon setting over the sea, were retained in the finished work. However, there the pink clouds were transformed into a mountainous coastline.

Gallery label, September 2004

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