Joseph Mallord William Turner

Coastline of Belgium

c.1806–10

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 118 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05405
Turner Bequest LXXXVII 30

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the sketchbook inverted and continued on folio 11 of this sketchbook (D05406; Turner Bequest LXXXVII 31), which Turner inscribed ‘Flushing’ and ‘Ostend’, this is a panoramic view of the coastline seen from offshore. Assuming the drawing dates from the same time as the others in the sketchbook, Turner must have made a trip across the North Sea to within sight of the shore despite the restrictions of the Napoleonic War.

David Blayney Brown
December 2005

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