'Arundel Castle on the River Arun, Sussex' after TurnerArtist:
F T Underhill
, British, active late 1800s
Joseph Mallord William Turner
, British, 1775 - 1851
Material and Medium: watercolour on paper
Dimensions: Support: 178 x 257mm
Mount: 294 x 418mm
Accession Number: CGSG00535
Turner made his original watercolour of Arundel Castle and the Sussex countryside in about 1824 to be engraved for a set of prints 'The Rivers of England', published in 1827. John Ruskin, who described Turner as 'the man who beyond all doubt is the greatest of the age’, tried to teach his students about art through the dual use of Turner’s watercolours, and the more readily available prints. He therefore commissioned copies of Turner’s original watercolours, so that his use of colour could be compared with the work’s structure, as displayed in the engraved version.
Ruskin did not write specifically about this watercolour or commission Underhill’s copy. Instead, the Guild of St George commissioned the work in the 1890s, via the Ruskin Collection’s curator William White. This was clearly a favourite watercolour with White as he wrote: [Turner] has almost excelled himself in the representation of transparent atmosphere, for here the loveliness of the heavens and earth meet together in delightful unison.'