Joseph Mallord William Turner

Figures on the Great Beach and Jarvis’s Landing Place, Margate, with Rough Seas and a Rainbow

c.1829–40

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 140 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24794
Turner Bequest CCLIX 229

Catalogue entry

The pale arc in the grey sky suggest a rainbow over the Thames Estuary to the north-west of Margate’s Great Beach, framing figures on the shore and on the jetty of Jarvis’s Landing Place. Some of them seem to be wearing fishermen’s clothing, as seen in some of the studies categorised elsewhere in this catalogue as ‘Figures on a Beach c.1826–45’. There seems to be an air of watchfulness, and perhaps the occasion is, as Finberg suggested, ‘Morning after the storm’.1 For more details of the setting, see the Introduction to this subsection.
1
Finberg 1909, II, p.803.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed in pencil ‘229’ top left.

Matthew Imms
August 2016

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