J. M. W. Turner - Moonlight, A Study at Millbank 1797

Moonlight, A Study at Millbank 1797
Moonlight, A Study at Millbank
1797 40x31cm oil/panel
Tate Gallery, London, UK

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From Tate Gallery, London:
Turner's first oil shown at the Royal Academy was a marine nocturne, shown in 1796. This night piece of the Thames, from a position near that of Tate Britain, belongs to the following year. Moonlight effects were a fashionable pictorial convention, mainly derived from Dutch seventeenth-century painters like Aert van der Neer then popular with British collectors. Here, however, the impression is of an uncontrived naturalism.