'Stangate Creek on the Medway, Kent' after Turner
F T Underhill
Date Made/Found: about 1891
, British, active late 1800s
Joseph Mallord William Turner
, British, 1775 - 1851
Material and Medium: watercolour on paper
Dimensions: Support: 190 x 280mm
Accession Number: CGSG00524
Ruskin described Turner as 'the man who beyond all doubt is the greatest of the age; greatest in every faculty of the imagination, in every branch of scenic knowledge; at once the painter and poet of the day. Ruskin’s five-volume book 'Modern Painters' was written in response to Turner’s work and he celebrated his paintings and engravings throughout his life.
Ruskin admired Turner's 'perfect landscape art', his use of colour to create emotional expression, and his careful representation of scenes and details. Most of all he believed that Turner painted in true praise of nature and that 'because he [Turner] meant always to be true …he was able always to be bold.'
Whilst the Ruskin Collection contains only one watercolour by Turner, it does contain a number of copies like this. Ruskin recommended emerging artists to copy Turner’s works to learn about his use and application of colour, but cautioned that these copies weren’t to be thought of as artworks themselves.