Period: 19th century (8843)
Type: watercolour (2151)
houses (3437) | landscapes (1046) | ponds (54)
Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851)
Graphite, watercolour, bodycolour, scraping, chalk on paper
Width: 40.7 cm; Height: 28.7 cm;
Courtauld, Stephen (Sir) (in memory of); gift; 1974
About this work
In 1825, Turner was commissioned to produce designs for a series of engravings of English and Welsh landscapes. This view of Colchester shows the artist grappling with the challenges of producing watercolours intended for engraving. He developed a technique of layering careful finishes of stippling over colour washes, especially visible at the lower right edge. The figures chasing a hare allude to the witch hunts that took place in Colchester during the Civil War: according to rural tradition, witches could transform themselves into hares.
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