J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Four Views of Sunset or Sunrise c.1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Four Views of Sunset or Sunrise c.1824
Turner Bequest CCXXIV 142v
Gouache and pencil on blue wove paper, 140 x 194 mm
Inscribed in pencil ‘142’ top left, ascending vertically
Inscribed in pencil ‘53 | O’ top left, upside down
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
These views appear on the verso of D20443 (CCXXIV 142). The page is divided into a series of four sketches in chalk and pencil, the largest one with landscape orientation in relation to the sheet, the other three with portrait. Each has a strong horizontal line or series of marks representing a horizon with diagonal lines radiating from it. One of the sketches includes a circle indicating the rising or setting of the sun, likely the subject of all four images.
For the grouping and dating of these works, see the section Introduction.

Ben Pollitt
August 2019

How to cite

Ben Pollitt, ‘Four Views of Sunset or Sunrise c.1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2019, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, March 2023, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-four-views-of-sunset-or-sunrise-r1202138, accessed 20 April 2024.