Orford Haven

Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, 1775-1851)

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Orford’s twelfth-century keep is silhouetted against a lurid sunset above the town’s sheltered harbor obscured in the deep blue shadows of twilight. The drama was heightened by Turner’s use of gouache (opaque watercolor) on blue paper. This gouache was based on a pencil sketch made in 1826 on Turner’s tour along England’s East Coast in search of subjects for an illustrated edition of the works of a local poet, the Reverend George Crabbe.

Object Information

artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, 1775-1851)
creation date
about 1827
materials
gouache strengthened with pen and ink on blue paper
dimensions
7-1/2 x 4-3/4 in (sheet)
mark descriptions
inscribed in red ink, L.C.: Orford - haven
accession number
72.192
credit line
Gift in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Hugo O. Pantzer by their children
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors

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