Joseph Mallord William Turner

Scarborough from the South

1801

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 115 x 162 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02770
Turner Bequest LIV 95 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the subject is continued on folio 96 recto opposite (D02771). One of the long sequence of sketches on the Yorkshire coast between Scarborough and Whitby between folios 83 verso and 98 verso (D02746–D02776), it is very possibly the starting point for the composition of the finished watercolour of Scarborough Town and Castle: Morning: Boys Catching Crabs, shown at the Royal Academy in 1811 (Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide),1 and related works including a version dated 1809 in the Wallace Collection, London.2

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.350 no.528, pl.122 (colour).
2
Ibid., no.527, reproduced.

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