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Falls of the Rhine at Schaffhausen, Moonlight 1841

Not on display

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.

Glossary Open


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.


Text written on a book, document or artwork. Examples include the added information such as edition number and date on a print, or a dedication written in a book.


A transparent layer of diluted ink or watercolour.

Composition, Inscription, Wash


  • Acc. No. D NG 869
  • Medium Watercolour, bodycolour, pen and ink details and scraping on paper
  • Size 22.90 x 28.50 cm
  • Credit Henry Vaughan Bequest 1900