Joseph Mallord William Turner

Cliffs near Folkestone

c.1821–2

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17241
Turner Bequest CXCVIII 21

Catalogue entry

Continuing from the facing page on folio 20 verso (D17240) the prospect describes a distant view of Folkestone, apparently recorded from somewhere on the coastal path towards Dover.1 On the present page, horse-drawn carts which occupy the road emerge from the gutter on the extreme left, and two buildings are rendered at some distance from Turner’s spot on the cliff-side. A very faint line indicates the more angular horizon of the town visible across the rolling Kentish countryside in between.
A small drawing of a cottage or local church occupies a space towards the top right corner of the sheet. A distinctive mark, made by a single and direct point of Turner’s pencil on the far right of the roof, identifies this as an elaboration of the right-hand building described in the panoramic drawing below.
This page continues a series of successive drawings between folios 20 verso and 23 recto made along the cliffs between Folkestone and Dover (D17240, D17242, D17244–D17245).

Maud Whatley
January 2016

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.604.

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