About this artwork

The moon is shown as a small but intense semi circle of light emerging from cloud above the falls and reflected in the waters below. Turner applied a light tonal wash before working up the composition in colour. He used pen to suggest the wooded character of the steep banks and included a little more architecture than in other views of the Falls. Cooler tones dominate, appropriate for the moonlit scene. It is inscribed at the bottom left: Falls of the Rhine / 1841.

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  • title:
    Falls of the Rhine at Schaffhausen, Moonlight
  • accession number:
    D NG 869
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  • materials:
    Watercolour, bodycolour, pen and ink details and scraping on paper
  • date created:
    1841
  • measurements:
    22.90 x 28.50 cm
  • credit line:
    Henry Vaughan Bequest 1900
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Joseph Mallord William Turner

Joseph Mallord William Turner