Joseph Mallord William Turner

Orchard Bay, Isle of Wight

1795

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 204 x 264 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00437
Turner Bequest XXIV 29

Catalogue entry

Orchard Bay is close to Steephill (see folio 31 recto; D00438; Turner Bequest XXIV 30), south-west of Ventnor on the southern coast of the island. Another watercolour view of the bay (untraced),1 derived from an untraced drawing made by Turner on this tour, was engraved by John Landseer for an unpublished work of about 1799. St Lawrence is the dedication of a small church with its own parish to the west of Ventnor.
The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally.
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.319 no.177.
Technical notes:
There is a tear, approximately 80 mm long, from the outer edge near the lower right corner of the horizontal subject (the upper right corner of the vertical page), and another small tear in the lower left corner of the subject (the lower right corner of the page).
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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