Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 90 x 112 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13463
Turner Bequest CLXVI 8

Catalogue entry

Here, divided across the page with a faint horizontal line, are two sketches of hills or cliffs. Although there is no water, Turner’s inscription, ‘sand’ would suggest a coastal setting, and both sketches have the craggy, rocky character of many of Turner’s coastal sketches in the Bass Rock and Edinburgh sketchbook (e.g. Tate D13331; Turner Bequest CLXV 6), although the presence of a clump of trees and vegetation on the upper sketch indicate perhaps a more sheltered spot. Another possibility is the beach at North Shields, which is drawn on folio 14 of this sketchbook (D13475).

Thomas Ardill
August 2009

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