Joseph Mallord William Turner

Folkestone, with the Harbour Railway Viaduct and Two Martello Towers in the Distance

1845

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 230 x 328 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35372
Turner Bequest CCCLVI 12

Catalogue entry

Turner has produced this pencil and watercolour drawing with the sketchbook turned upside down relative to the foliation. As with the previous folio (D35371), the drawing depicts the newly built railway viaduct and two Napoleonic Martello towers in the distance. Background topography sketched in pencil has been left unpainted. Turner has used fine strokes of pale red wash to delineate the structure of the viaduct and track. An isolated structure drawn in pencil may represent the beginnings of further harbour buildings. The foreground has been rendered with various hatched markings and broad strokes of red, brown, grey, and green wash layered atop faint pencil notations.

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2013

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