The Magical Light of Turner’s Margate


Painted in 1822, ‘Sun-rise. Whiting Fishing at Margate’ is one of the greatest and most beautiful watercolours by J.M.W. Turner. In this episode of Anatomy of an Artwork, discover how the magical light of Turner’s sunrise gives warmth to everything it touches as the silence of night gives way to the sounds and activities of the day. This celebrated picture, which sees the artist working at the height of his powers and on a grand scale, is a highlight of our upcoming sale Old Master and British Works on Paper (3 July | London). Click here to watch more Sotheby’s videos.

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