28 x 35.6 cm art print featuring Harbour View by Joseph Mallord William Turner from the National Galleries of Scotland collection. This print comes delivered rolled in a cardboard tube.
Turner began to use blue paper in the mid-1820s. The cool tone and dense texture provided the basis for experiments with colour relationships. He often used intense colours and employed body colour – watercolour mixed with white pigment to make it opaque – to create dramatic highlights. This harbour view may depict Margate on the Kent coast in south-east England, one of Turner’s favourite places. A group of fishermen have gathered in the foreground and are unloading their catch. The earth tones of their clothing contrast with the shifting colours of the sea and sky.
Joseph Mallord William Turner (23 April 1775 – 19 December 1851) was an English Romantic painter, printmaker, and watercolourist. Turner's detailed, expansive, and atmospheric artwork celebrates the diversity and emotive power of nature and transformed the art of landscape painting in Britain. He was born in Covent Garden, the son of a barber, and exhibited his earliest sketches in his father's shop before studying at the Royal Academy Schools. Turner then became the youngest ever full member of the Royal Academy in 1802.