Sea View about 1826
Two sailing boats tossed around convey the force of the wind and waves. They pale into insignificance, however, beneath the magnificent sky. A break in the dark clouds reveals a brilliant patch of sunlight which illuminates the distant coast. Turner made full use of the blue paper and body-colour to achieve a remarkable intensity of colour. He began to work on blue paper in the mid 1820s and this drawing was probably made around that time.

Glossary Open

Body-colour

Usually refers to watercolour mixed with white pigment that retains the fluidity of watercolour but without the transparency. The term gouache is also used.

Watercolour

A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.

Body-colour, Watercolour

Details

  • Acc. No. D NG 881
  • Medium Bodycolour on blue paper
  • Size 13.50 x 19.00 cm
  • Credit Henry Vaughan Bequest 1900