Joseph Mallord William Turner
Alum Bay, Isle of Wight 1795

Artwork details

Alum Bay, Isle of Wight
From Isle of Wight Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XXIV
Date 1795
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 204 x 264 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XXIV 41
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Catalogue entry

An untraced view of Alum Bay,1 not the same as this composition, was engraved by John Landseer for an unpublished work of about 1799; see also folio 43 recto (D00450; Turner Bequest XXIV 42). Alum Bay is famous for the many varieties of coloured rock (chalk and an extremely friable sandstone) that make up its cliffs.
The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.319 no.179.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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