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Carthage

image of artwork

Accession ID:

1961.2

Name:

Carthage

Category:

Item

Type:

ArtWork

Maker:

Joseph Mallord William Turner (attributed)

Date:

undated

Description

Perhaps the best-loved English Romantic artist, Joseph Mallord William Turner was a major influence on the landscape painting genre in 18th- and 19th-century Europe. Known as ‘the painter of light’, Turner utilised a vibrant palette. He studied the science of light and colour – in particular, the theory that yellow was the closest colour to the production of white light in paint. The work in our collection, 'Carthage', is a classic example of Turner’s heightened emotional response to the landscape, creating an atmospheric and somewhat sublime illusion. The word ‘attributed’ after Turner's name acknowledges that this work has not been absolutely authenticated as being by the artist. In the 1980s it was studied by Turner experts in England, who returned an ‘open’ verdict as to its authenticity. The majority of Turner's works are held at the Tate Museum in London, with the remainder held in numerous national galleries and private collections around the world.


History

Burdekin Bequest, Tamworth Regional Gallery.


Significance

Provenance: Bequest of Mr Norman Weekes Burdekin and Mrs Margaretta Emilie Burdekin. Secondary inscriptions: remanants of newspaper on top lower right corner of frame, remanants of sticking tape on all sides. Subject of picture 'THE CARTHAGE'. Tertiary inscriptions' labels - stick on label with 1.


Associated Subjects