Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lowestoft Lighthouse, and Sketches on the Coast; Orfordness Lighthouse with Orford Haven


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Graphite on paper
Support: 115 x 118 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCIX 1

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook oriented horizontally, here Turner has pictured Lowestoft lighthouse at top right (see Tate D18225–D18227; CCIX 35a–36a). The artist has also rendered a cursory view across the page, most likely showing the coast between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. The profiles of a windmill and boat masts can be seen.
With the sketchbook orientated to portrait, Turner has dashed off a sketch of Orfordness lighthouse with Orford Haven and its Castle in the distance. See also Tate D41438, D18237–D18238, D18304–D18305; Turner Bequest CCIX 41a–42, 86a–87, the vignette drawing at Indianapolis Museum of Art, the finished watercolour entitled Orford, Suffolk produced for the England and Wales series (Tate impressions T04524–T04523, T06077) and the unpublished ‘Orfordness’ print engraved by JC Allen (Tate impression T06614).1

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2015

Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.405 no.897, p.393 no.796, p.405 no.901.

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