Joseph Mallord William Turner

Cliffs on the Coast

1845

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 172 x 70 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35341
Turner Bequest CCCLV 4 a

Catalogue entry

The sketches on this page are inverted relative to the foliation. They continue on the opposite page, folio 5 recto (D35342), depicting sections of a cliff coastline. Turner’s employs rough hatching to indicate the uneven contours of the cliffs and the beach formations which surround them. Punctuating the sketches are some rather indecipherable inscriptions, possibly referencing sites or place names in shorthand.
Technical notes:
Apparently adventitious white chalk markings appear around the centre of the page.

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2013

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