Joseph Mallord William Turner

Margate: The Great Beach with Droit House, the Pier and Lighthouse, Jarvis’s Landing Place, and a Smoking Steamer

c.1841–5

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 242 x 301 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36017
Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 173

Display caption

This scene of a steam-boat off the coast may show the seaside resort of Margate. The town was accessible by steam-boat, and was favoured by Londoners. Turner often used it as a base from which to explore the Kentish coast.

Turner retained an affection for Margate throughout his life. As a boy he had stayed in the town with relatives of his mother and in later life he rented rooms there, overlooking the harbour and pier.

Gallery label, February 2004

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