Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Distant View of Margate after Sunset

c.1840

Medium
Graphite, watercolour and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 244 x 368 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by Beresford Rimington Heaton 1940
Reference
N05239

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During the 1840s Turner produced many vividly-coloured watercolour studies of beaches and skies in loose, flowing washes. Most were apparently made for the artist’s own contemplation and satisfaction rather than as studies for pictures.

Turner made a number of views of the Norfolk port of Yarmouth in 1840. This one is primarily a description of the colours and effects of sunset, rather than a topographical record. It is worth noting however, that this work is not complete, although it is certainly more finished than other studies from this period, which suggests that Turner may have intended  it for sale.

Gallery label, August 2004

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