A&O ANECDOTE – Turner’s Smudge

A&O Anecdote: Turner’s smudge: 

In 1832, John Constable prepared The Opening of Waterloo Bridge, a painting on which he worked for years, for a show at the Royal Academy.  It would hang near J.M.W. Turner’s Helvoetsluys, (1817) a serene seascape (nice article in the Guardian). It was common to check the display of paintings at the last minute, and when Turner saw his work in place he quickly painted a small red buoy in the middle of his canvas. (discussed in Richard Lewis (2014), blog: http://lewisartcafe.com/mr-turner-a-new-film-and-the-varnishing-day-incident/ )