Joseph Mallord William Turner

On the Front at Brighton, with Chain Pier


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Graphite on paper
Support: 75 x 118 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCX 20

Catalogue entry

In this detailed drawing Turner pictures the seafront at Brighton, with the then recently erected Chain Pier rendered in the distance (see Tate D18335, D18343, D18345, D18355, D24836, N02064; Turner Bequest CCX 14a, 20, 21, 27, CCLIX 271). Fishing boats are moored on the beach in the foreground.
For further sketches of Brighton in this book see Tate D18344, D18347–D18350, D18353–D18365, D18369–D18371; Turner Bequest CCX 20a, 22–23a, 25a–33a, 35a–36a. See also Turner’s design Brighthelmstone, produced for Cooke’s Picturesque Views of the Southern Coast of England and published in 1825 (Tate impression T05289 and Tate D18469; Turner Bequest CCX 88).

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2015

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