Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin

Dover: General View from the East

1795–6

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Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 438 x 604 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36623
Turner Bequest CCCLXXVIII 8

Catalogue entry

Provenance:
Probably commissioned by Dr Thomas Monro
Monro’s posthumous sale, Christie’s, London, 26 June 1833 (probably in 118, as one of nine ‘Views at Dover, &c., blue and grey’ by Turner)
Bought by ‘Churchill’, probably on behalf of Turner
The pencil work is by Girtin. This was copied from a pencil drawing by John Henderson (1764–1843), now in the British Museum, London (1935–2–19–5); this is inscribed: ‘Back of Dover – the Pent’.1 Another, more accomplished outline of the subject, also probably made by Girtin, is also in the British Museum (1935–2–19–6).2
For the group of Dover drawings to which the present work belongs (Tate D36616–D36624; Turner Bequest CCCLXXVIII 1–9), see under D36616.
1
Wilton 1984, p.20 ill.29 (detail).
2
Ibid., p.21 ill.30.
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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