Joseph Mallord William Turner
Looking out to Sea from the Shore 1796

Artwork details

Looking out to Sea from the Shore
From Studies near Brighton Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XXX
Date 1796
Dimensions Support: 108 x 126 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XXX 89 a
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Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this is the only drawing that might attract criticism for the perfunctoriness that Finberg saw in the whole sketchbook (see the Introduction). It is one of the least sensitive of all Turner’s observations of the sea.

Andrew Wilton
May 2011

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