Joseph Mallord William Turner

On the Sands: Folkestone

1845

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

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
D35366
Turner Bequest CCCLVI 6

Catalogue entry

Turner has applied translucent washes of watercolour in broad, gestural strokes to set out the basic arrangement of this Folkestone beach composition. The obscure outline of a headland is visible in the distance. It is summarily rendered with swift lines and dots of purple and with grey wash applied with a dry brush lending it a mottled appearance. Faint, vertical dry-brush strokes at the right could possibly suggest sea grasses of some sort. Turner has applied a very thin layer of grey wash for the overcast sky. Rainfall is evoked above the headland where the wash has dragged against the grain of the paper.
Technical notes:
Some of the watercolour continues onto the opposite page and appears to have also offset onto this page.

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2013

Read full Catalogue entry

Explore