Joseph Mallord William Turner

Coastal Scene, possibly Folkestone

c.1822–3

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 257 x 178 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17731
Turner Bequest CCII 12

Catalogue entry

Rendered with a muted palette of dilute grey, blue and a little yellow, the profile of a fortification can be seen atop a headland and beneath it a settlement sketched out with vague and swift line. A breakwater, filled in with grey wash, juts out into the water. A stroke of dilute yellow gives a fleeting impression of a beach.
This coastal scene is probably related to the drawing on the previous folio (Tate D17730; Turner Bequest CCII 11). The composition of the headland is similar to that in Turner’s finished watercolour Folkestone from the Sea of about 1823–4 produced for the Marine Views series (Tate D18158; Turner Bequest CCVIII Y).1 There is a loose colour sketch for this watercolour of about the same date (Tate D25480; Turner Bequest CCLXIII 357).
1
See also Eric Shanes, Turner’s England 1810–38, London 1990, pp.120–1, no.95 (colour).
Verso:
Blank

Alice Rylance-Watson
March 2013

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