Joseph Mallord William Turner
Folkestone from the Sea; Preparatory Study c.1823

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Folkestone from the Sea; Preparatory Study
Date c.1823
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 465 x 658 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 357
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Smuggling in Folkestone is again the subject for this preparatory study for a more finished, detailed watercolour, Folkestone from the Sea, 1823-4. In the foreground a boat laden with people and barrels is ploughing through the water. One man is gesturing behind him, alarmed that their illicit operations are about to be discovered.

July 2008

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