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Colchester, Essex
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Colchester, Essex

Circa 1825-26

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851)

Graphite, watercolour, bodycolour, scraping, chalk on paper

Width: 40.7 cm; Height: 28.7 cm;

Acquisition (source, method, date)
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. (Permanent collection label)

This work is not on display
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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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