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image of The Evening of the Deluge Joseph Mallord William Turner (artist)
British, 1775 - 1851
The Evening of the Deluge, c. 1843
oil on canvas
overall: 76 x 76 cm (29 15/16 x 29 15/16 in.)
Timken Collection
1960.6.40
Not on View
From the Tour: Constable and Turner — British Landscapes of the Early 1800s
Object 10 of 11

While Noah and his wife sleep in their tent, the biblical Flood begins. In a spiraling vortex of rain and moonlight, birds and beasts head toward the distant Ark. This is a preliminary version of a canvas shown in the 1843 Royal Academy. Now in London’s Tate Gallery, the final work uses stronger color contrasts but is equally evocative and sketchy.

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