Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Bay with Cliffs beyond a Town, and a White-Sailed Ship: ?Margate

1796–7

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 93 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01145
Turner Bequest XXXVII 28

Catalogue entry

The composition continues across folio 15 recto opposite (D01146; Turner Bequest XXXVII 29). This is apparently a view of Margate, seen from the west. It is the view that confronts modern visitors as they leave the railway station. Turner reconsidered the subject in a watercolour for the Picturesque Views in England and Wales (Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry),1 engraved by Robert Wallis in 1832.

Andrew Wilton
September 2012

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.398 no.839, reproduced.

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