Joseph Mallord William Turner

Alum Bay, Isle of Wight

1795

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 204 x 264 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00449
Turner Bequest XXIV 41

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An untraced view of Alum Bay,1 not the same as this composition, was engraved by John Landseer for an unpublished work of about 1799; see also folio 43 recto (D00450; Turner Bequest XXIV 42).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.
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.319 no.179.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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