Joseph Mallord William Turner

Looking along a Stretch of Coast with High Cliffs: Moonlight

1801

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 115 x 164 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02616
Turner Bequest LIV 2 a

Catalogue entry

The subject is continued on folio 3 recto opposite (D02617). The uneven application of the ground on this and the next page renders an indistinct subject even more obscure; the indication of stones at the bottom of the composition suggests a beach scene, and this is confirmed by the perspective of cliffs and moonlight reflections on the other page. The subject may be the coast of Yorkshire near Whitby. Compare coastal studies in the 1801 Guisborough Shore sketchbook (Tate; Turner Bequest LII).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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