Joseph Mallord William Turner

Deal from the Beach, with Signal Flags

c.1816–19

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 155 x 95 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D10461
Turner Bequest CXL 27 a

Catalogue entry

This view looking northwards along the beach is rather similar to the one Turner used for his watercolour (Deal Town Hall)1 engraved by William Radclyffe in 1826 for Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England. It shows the signal flags Turner depicted in the watercolour. However, the resemblance may be coincidental and this may not be quite the same stretch of the long beach. For other drawings of Deal in this sketchbook, including buildings shown in more detail, see folios 33 and 40–1 (D10466, D10580–D10582; Turner Bequest CXL 30, 87–8). .

David Blayney Brown
July 2011

1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.355 no.481.

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