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
D35367
Turner Bequest CCCLVI 7

Catalogue entry

Turner captures a Folkestone beach brightly lit, perhaps to denote morning. The silhouette of what is probably the harbour is rendered roughly in purple wash. It stands against a vivid, vast sky of translucent planes of blue, rose, and yellow. A little detail of the structure of the harbour has been added towards the left of the central register in dark blue, perhaps applied with the wooden tip of the paintbrush. Short vertical strokes in purple and brown wash extending from the right could represent a jetty.
Technical notes:
Some of the watercolour continues onto the opposite page.

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2013

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