Joseph Mallord William Turner
Dover Castle from the Sea: Preparatory Study 1822

Artwork details

Dover Castle from the Sea: Preparatory Study
Date 1822
Medium Watercolour, graphite and gouache on paper
Dimensions Support: 475 x 682 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 378
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

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In 1822 Turner and the engraver William Cooke contemplated producing a series of engraved scenes of marine scenery. One of the first of the new watercolours produced for this 'Marine Views' project was a view of Dover Castle from the sea, included in the exhibition at Cooke's Gallery in December 1822, and based on the preparatory study exhibited here. The other large colour study shown here relates to a watercolour (now in the British Museum) which depicts a fierce storm and shipwreck. The view of Folkestone is more finished, but is probably another subject intended for the group of 'Marine Views'.

August 2004

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