View of the Rhine, after JMW TurnerArtist:
, British, 1829 - 1908
Joseph Mallord William Turner
, British, 1775 - 1851
Material and Medium: watercolour and bodycolour on paper
Dimensions: Mount: 295 x 418mm
Support: 202 x 252mm
Accession Number: CGSG00005
John Ruskin commissioned this study from a Turner watercolour as he felt that art students could learn about the ways in which Turner used colour and his 'decisive and straightforward execution’. The techniques Ward used study also supports another of Ruskin’s views: ‘The most rapid appreciation of Turner will be obtained by accurately copying those in 'body-colour' on grey paper.'
Ruskin felt that this was an important part of an artist’s education. At a time when Turner’s work was not widely admired, he described him 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 felt that Turner painted what he saw and did not rely on artistic and contemporary pictorial conventions for his paintings. He particularly admired Turner's use of colour to create emotional feeling and his ‘truthful’ representation of scenes.