174. [N02700] Margate, Setting Sun c. 1806–7
THE TATE GALLERY, LONDON (2700)
Canvas, 33 3/4 × 45 3/4 (85·5 × 116)
Coll. Turner Bequest 1856 (? one of 219–35); transferred to the Tate Gallery 1910.
Lit. Shanes 19812, pp. 26–7.
The composition seems to lie behind that of St. Mawes at the Pilchard Season, exhibited in Turner's gallery in 1812 (No. 123 [N00484]) but the town shown appears to be different, one would guess on or near the Thames Estuary. Andrew Wilton has suggested Margate; c.f. particularly the drawing in the ‘River and Margate’ sketchbook of c. 1806–9 identified by Finberg as probably Margate (XCIX-9 verso) and also other drawings in the same book and in the ‘Gravesend and Margate’ sketchbook of c. 1832 (CCLXXIX). The ‘River and Margate’ sketchbook also contains a drawing of a rather similar harbour scene, annotated ‘Hastings Fish Market’ (XCIX-81, repr. Wilkinson 1974, p. 87; the oil painting of the subject of 1810, No. 105, is not related)…