The Fighting Temeraire

J.M.W. Turner is credited with elevating the status of landscape painting to a more respected subject, on par with history and military works. This beautiful representation of the ship, the Temeraire, heading into a setting sun, suggesting perhaps the end of the ship’s life cycle, and perhaps the overall decline of British naval might. Despite this melancholy tone, the painting renders a stunning seascape.

Creator: Joseph Mallord William Turner

Date: 1839

Original Medium: Oil on canvas

Original Size: 90.7 x 121.6 cm

Location: National Gallery London