Joseph Mallord William TurnerMargate exhibited 1808

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Artist
Title
Margate
Date exhibited 1808
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 900 x 1205 mm frame: 1247 x 1551 x 175 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by HM Government in lieu of tax and allocated to the Tate Gallery 1984. In situ at Petworth House
Reference
T03876
Not on display

Catalogue entry

78. [T03876] Margate Exh. 1808

TATE GALLERY AND THE NATIONAL TRUST (LORD EGREMONT COLLECTION) PETWORTH HOUSE
Canvas, 35 1/2 × 47 1/4 (90·1 × 120·6)

Coll. Bought by Lord Egremont perhaps from Turner's gallery in 1808; by descent to the third Lord Leconfield who in 1947 conveyed Petworth to the National Trust; in 1957 the contents of the State Rooms were accepted by the Treasury in part payment of death duties.

Exh. Turner's gallery 1808; Tate Gallery 1951 (18) as ‘Seapiece, probably Hastings’.

Lit. Petworth Inventories 1837, 1856 (London House); Armstrong 1902, p. 237; Collins Baker 1920, p. 126 no. 672; Finberg 1961, pp. 147, 469 no. 123; Shanes 19812, pp. 26–7.

This is another example of Turner's title for a picture getting lost. In the 1856 Petworth Inventory it was listed simply as ‘Seapiece’. Armstrong catalogued it as ‘Whitby (?) from the Sea’ and Collins Baker, misled no doubt by the fishing smack on the left having ‘Hastings’ on its stern, assumed that the scene represented was Hastings… (read more)

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