Joseph Mallord William Turner

Coastal Cliffs, Probably between Folkestone and Dover

c.1821–2

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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
D17245
Turner Bequest CXCVIII 23

Catalogue entry

Judging from the themes and locations explored by Turner in the surrounding pages, this is the final page in a run of drawings, between folio 20 verso and the current page, which describe points along the cliffs between Folkestone and Dover (see D17240, D17241, D17242, D17244). Finberg recognised the topographical form but did not offer any suggestion of specific location.1
The whole page is taken up with the dramatic, sharply rendered chunks of the craggy cliff face, which meet their crowning turf with a fuzzy scribble. On the left hand side, as the subject recedes into the distance, a point at which the headland extends out into the water is clear, and beyond that a single, brief line indicates more land in the distance.

Maud Whatley
January 2016

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.604.

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