Joseph Mallord William Turner

Evening on the Sands: Folkestone

1845

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 230 x 328 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35368
Turner Bequest CCCLVI 8

Catalogue entry

In this work Turner depicts a view of a Folkestone beach at twilight, probably including the harbour in the distance. Muted grey, blue, green, and purple tones have been applied in dilute wash to convey a sense of the stillness which evening brings. Vivid against these planes of subdued colour is a central towered structure in bright red, whose pigment bleeds opportunely into the surrounding grey sky.
Technical notes:
Some of the watercolour continues onto the opposite page.

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2013

Read full Catalogue entry

You might like