Joseph Mallord William Turner

In the ?South Bay at Scarborough: A Dark Horse being Ridden along Wet Sands, Followed by a Small Dog

c.1816–18

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 117 x 180 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D11947
Turner Bequest CL 28

Catalogue entry

This is the first of two sketches, followed as folio 7 by D11948, Turner Bequest CL 29, recording a dark horse being ridden along wet sands. The conditions in both look foggy, suggesting early morning, and Turner has made several notes here relating to the effects.
The setting appears to be the south bay at Scarborough, looking south-west. Turner sketched this view under clear conditions, perhaps from exactly the same viewpoint as the present sketch, in D11944; Turner Bequest CL 25. See notes on the correspondence between D11944 and D11948 suggesting their locality to be the south bay, and by implication, the location for the present sketch.
Verso:
Blank, except for inscription by ?John Ruskin in red ink ‘168 I’ bottom left (see notes to folio 3, D11945; Turner Bequest CL 26).

David Hill
September 2008

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