Joseph Mallord William Turner

Figures on a Beach

c.1826–40

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 142 x 193 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24940
Turner Bequest CCLX 104

Catalogue entry

Finberg described the subject as ‘Watching the Waves’;1 the slight subject is perhaps less purposeful, with what appear to be at least two figures on the shore, with a small beached boat. See the Introduction for other examples of such scenes.
1
Finberg 1909, II, p.812.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by John Ruskin in pencil ‘52 | O’ bottom right.

Matthew Imms
December 2015

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