An Eye for Colour

An Eye for Colour


Fun (22 July 1865): 91

1st Art Student: “Fine sunset that, Jack, but I fancy I’ve seen it before.”

2nd ditto: Of course; decided crib from Turner. Saw it at a glance.”

In Modern Painters Ruskin pointed out that most people’s ideas of clouds come from Dutch painting — not from looking at the sky. Almost three decades after this cartoon Wilde (or one of his mouthpieces in “The Decay of Lying”) claimed Turner invented sunsets.

Courtesy of the Suzy Covey Comic Book Collection in the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida.

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