Joseph Mallord William Turner

Folkestone Pier in Stormy Weather

1845

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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
D35385
Turner Bequest CCCLVI 24

Catalogue entry

In much the same vein as the watercolour on folio 1 recto (D35361), Turner depicts the Folkestone coastline in the midst of a storm. The sombre sky and sea is rendered in shades of grey wash applied with dry-brush technique to expose the grain of the paper. The obscure profile of a headland painted on saturated paper in charcoal grey has been blurred by subsequent vertical applications of wash, lending it a fittingly distorted, murky appearance.

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2013

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