Joseph Mallord William TurnerCliffs on the Coast 1845

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Cliffs on the Coast
From Hythe and Walmer Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCCLV
Date 1845
MediumChalk and graphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 70 x 186 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLV 3
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 3 Recto:
Cliffs on the Coast 1845
Turner Bequest CCCLV 3
Pencil on blue wove paper, 70 x 186 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘4’ top centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘3’ top right, ascending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCCLV–3’ top right, ascending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The sketches on the right side of the page are a continuation of the cliffs on folio 2 verso opposite (D35337). These are orientated at a right angle to the remaining sketch which has been drawn with the page turned horizontally. It appears to show the profile of cliff faces as the coastline recedes. Turner has employed rough strikes of the pencil to indicate the weathered surface texture of the cliffs towards the left. Above the outline of the headland of the cliff towards the bottom left Turner seems to have pencilled in the letter ‘J’ or possibly ‘S’. A number ‘4’ appears to hover above the outline of the cliff.

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2013

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