Joseph Mallord William Turner

Scenes on the Sands at Yarmouth

c.1824

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 115 x 118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18211
Turner Bequest CCIX 28 a

Catalogue entry

These sketches show aspects of the port of Great Yarmouth on the Norfolk coast. Sailors and fishermen are recorded in the central and lowermost views, gathered around moored vessels perhaps offloading their catch. Turner has also sketched the local ‘Marine Tavern’ on the seafront where ‘ale’ is sold. The length of Yarmouth’s old pier is depicted at rear, extending out into the North Sea where a fishing smack and lugger can be seen navigating the waters in the distance. Similar drawings are found on Tate D18207, D18209–D18210; Turner Bequest CCIX 26a, 27a–28. Turner’s sketches are associated with designs for both the England and Wales (Tate impression T04547) and East Coast engraving schemes, though the latter design, housed at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, was unpublished.1

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2015

1
Wilton 1979, p.394 no.810 and 405 no.904.

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