Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches on the Yarmouth Coast

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
D18200
Turner Bequest CCIX 23

Catalogue entry

These cursory and swiftly rendered sketches depict scenes on the coast at Yarmouth, Norfolk. The uppermost view shows fishermen surrounding a small, beached vessel with what appears to be a cart to its left. At centre Turner pictures the same view as is recorded on the folio opposite (Tate D18199; Turner Bequest CCIX 22a), this time from further away. The lowermost prospect is a sea view with a boat moored at shore and an expansive sky filled with ‘Pink’ light and fast-moving clouds.

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2015

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