Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Channel Harbour with a Lighthouse, Possibly Le Tréport; Groups of Figures

1845

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 86 x 111 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35584
Turner Bequest CCCLXI 55 a

Catalogue entry

The study at the bottom shows the entrance to an unidentified harbour, likely on a Channel coast, with sailing boats off a lighthouse; this may be at Le Tréport, of which there is an identified view on the recto (D35583). The view continues on folio 56 recto opposite (D35585). Above, the other way up, are slight figure studies probably made in the area, apparently with the note ‘Fish’, suggesting fishermen or a market.
See the sketchbook’s Introduction for the many coastal views scattered through it.
Technical notes:
There is some brown staining at the gutter, possibly indicating water damage in the 1928 Tate flood.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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