Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Pier or Wharf, with a Windlass, a Capstan and a Cannon: ?Whitby

1801

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 115 x 164 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02748
Turner Bequest LIV 84 a

Catalogue entry

The drawing is inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation. The same pier or fortification is drawn on folios 85 verso–86 recto (D02750–D02751). It is probably the East Side Pier at Whitby, one of two moles that protect the harbour formed by the mouth of the River Esk as it flows into the North Sea.
A long sequence of sketches on the Yorkshire coast between Scarborough and Whitby runs between folios 83 verso and 98 verso (D02746–D02776).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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