Joseph Mallord William Turner

Beach

c.1830–45

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Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 220 x 271 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36013
Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 169

Catalogue entry

This is one of a large number of sketches on loose sheets of paper seeming to depict coastal terrain. In this particular sketch, it has been suggested that the scenery depicted may belong to Austria or the Italian Lakes due to the Austrian make of the paper.1 For the grouping and dating of these works to the middle and later periods of Turner’s career, see the section introduction.
1
Peter Bower, Turner’s Later Papers: A Study of the Manufacture, Selection and Use of his Drawing Papers 1820–1851, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, p.82 note 1.
Verso:
The verso of the sheet is attached to the mount.

John Chu
June 2015

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