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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Sun, with Colour Notes ?1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 2 Verso:
Sun, with Colour Notes ?1832
Turner Bequest CCLII 2a
Pencil on white wove paper, 187 x 114 mm
Partial watermark ‘YMAN | 28’
Inscribed by Turner in pencil top centre (see main catalogue entry)
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned vertically, Turner made a diagrammatic sketch of a setting sun at the top of this page and inscribed it with various colour notations. The sun and its halo are represented by two concentric circles intersected by a straight horizontal line, perhaps to indicate the horizon line. The area above the sun is divided into three sections; the left-hand section is inscribed ‘Purple’, the middle section ‘Blue Grey | Red Haze’, and the right-hand section with ‘Gold grey’. Immediately beneath the sun is inscribed ‘wine’. This is followed by incomplete or indecipherable notes reading ‘Exiting Red [?South] with | [...]’ and ‘Early sea from | [?blue] ray on the [?horizon]’. Such colour notes also feature in this sketchbook on folio 45 verso (D23604; Turner Bequest CCLII 45a).
Technical notes:
The bottom of the page is marked with grey watercolour, carried over or transferred from folio 3 recto opposite (D23529; Turner Bequest CCLII 3).
Most of page is discoloured to a shade of light ochre.

John Chu
April 2014

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Sun, with Colour Notes ?1832 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-sun-with-colour-notes-r1175020, accessed 18 May 2022.