Joseph Mallord William Turner

Rocky Coastal Terrain, Channel Islands

?1832

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23634
Turner Bequest CCLII 60 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated, this sketch depicts a view across the kind of steep and craggy coastal terrain that abounds in the Channel Islands. Sark Island, whose coast is a subject of particular study in this sketchbook, was described around the same time as ‘beset with numerous sunken as well as lofty rocks, apparently severed from the main land by some terrible convulsion of nature, and separated from it by narrow channels’.1

John Chu
April 2014

1
J.T. Cochrane, A Guide to the Island of Guernsey, St Peter Port 1826, p.139.

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