Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Cliff with Buildings Above and Beached Boats Below

1801

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 143 x 103 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02414
Turner Bequest LII 14 a

Catalogue entry

This seems to be a rapid sketch of Whitby, looking up from the harbour towards the parish church and the Priory on the cliff-top; another possibility is that it shows Scarborough Castle from the beach. The subject is continued on folio 15 recto opposite, and apparently again on folio 16 recto (D02415–D02416).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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