Joseph Mallord William Turner

On the Sands:Folkestone

1845

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 230 x 328 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35365
Turner Bequest CCCLVI 5

Catalogue entry

Layered applications of translucent golden yellow and blue render this placid scene of a Folkestone beach on a clear day. There are broken vertical lines in pale red which meet broader strokes of red and dark grey wash in the centre, perhaps suggesting the forms of sailing-boats moored on the shore.
Technical notes:
Some of the watercolour continues onto the opposite page.

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2013

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