Joseph Mallord William Turner
A Lighthouse Seen from the Shore 1796

Artwork details

Date 1796
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 248 x 363 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XXVII T
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Catalogue entry

Catalogued by A.J. Finberg among drawings of about 1795,1 this sheet is not obviously part of the Margate sequence listed in the present group. However, it seems to belong technically to the year 1796, and in its preoccupation with the interrelationship of sea and shore it coheres with the other works described here. It is however less immediate in its effect, a cooler and more impersonal account of its subject which may have been derived from a drawing or print by another artist.
Finberg 1909, I, p.55, in Turner Bequest section XXVII, ‘Miscellaneous’, c.1795, pp.53–6.
The sheet has been laid down.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

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