Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Village or Small Town on a River or Coast


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 126 x 202 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXVII 26 a

Catalogue entry

As set out in the Introduction, this sketchbook contains identified views of Cumbria and Sussex, although the present sketch, lacking prominent landmarks, cannot presently be associated with certainty with either county. There are boats which appear to be beached on the far right, suggesting a bay or estuary in the foreground, and a faint line of hills in the distance on the left.
Technical notes:
This page is a face of one of the loose bifolio sheets which form the majority of the so-called Sandycombe and Yorkshire sketchbook, along with a few single leaves. The sheets were not bound, but folded inside each other in a sequence which is not entirely recoverable (see the sketchbook’s Introduction for a suggested order). When unfolded, this page is continuous with D08965 (CXXVII 1); the measurements given above are for the present work alone.

Matthew Imms
January 2012

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