Joseph Mallord William Turner

Landscape with a Town

1818

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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
D13480
Turner Bequest CLXVI 16 a

Catalogue entry

This slight sketch shows a town a wide and hilly landscape or on the coast. The sketch is inscribed, but illegibly. The style is typical of some views in the 1818 Scottish sketchbooks of Edinburgh (such as Tate D13401; Turner Bequest CLXV 45 in the Bass Rock and Edinburgh sketchbook), although there are no topographical or architectural features that confirm this suggestion. Another possibility is North of South Shields, which are depicted in sketches nearby (see folio 13; D13473). The drawing continues slightly on folio 17 (D13481).

Thomas Ardill
August 2009

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