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Sea View About 1826

Not on display

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


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


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

Body-colour, Watercolour


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