Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Harbour; Houses on Channel Cliffs

1845

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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
D35500
Turner Bequest CCCLXI 7 a

Catalogue entry

The cliffs in the main view, where buildings are clustered near the edge, are continued on folio 8 recto opposite (D35501). With the page turned vertically, at the outer edge is a harbour view, with sailing boats off a lighthouse under a low sun. Neither location is as yet identified. See the sketchbook’s Introduction for the many slight coastal and shipping 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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