Joseph Mallord William TurnerA Steamer off a Pier, ?Margate c.1843

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A Steamer off a Pier, ?Margate
Date c.1843
MediumWatercolour on paper
Dimensionssupport: 242 x 301 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 173
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This scene of a steam-boat off the coast may show the seaside resort of Margate. The town was accessible by steam-boat, and was favoured by Londoners. Turner often used it as a base from which to explore the Kentish coast.

Turner retained an affection for Margate throughout his life. As a boy he had stayed in the town with relatives of his mother and in later life he rented rooms there, overlooking the harbour and pier.

February 2004

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