Joseph Mallord William Turner Dover Castle from Shakespeare Cliff c.1822–4

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Dover Castle from Shakespeare Cliff
From Ports of England Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCII
Date c.1822–4
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 178 x 257 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCII 18
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This sketchbook, which Turner seems to have used around 1822 in conjunction with a journey along the southern coast of England, contains twenty-two watercolour studies similar to this opening. This subject is a preparatory stage in the design of a watercolour of Dover engraved in May 1826 as the penultimate plate for the 'Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England'.

August 2004

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