Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sky with Distant View of Ostend


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 78 x 118 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXVI 173 a

Catalogue entry

This sketch is largely a sky study with swift jottings of cloud formations and notes on the colours and tones of light: ‘Dun’ or ‘Warm blue’ for example. Turner has produced a further study of the same sky on the folio opposite (Tate D19899; Turner Bequest CCXVI 174). Rendered in the distance is a diminutive profile of Ostend harbour, with the conical spire of the Peperbusse or St Peter’s Tower visible. Turner produced this sketch and that on Tate D19897; Turner Bequest CCXVI 173 as he approached the Flemish port on 7 September.
For other depictions of Ostend see Tate D12687, D29601, D30467, D30470, D30471, D30476, D30477, D30485, D30487, D30488, D30490, D30493, D30495, D30498; Turner Bequest CLIX 95a, CCXCVI 4, CCCIII 4a, 6, 6a, 9, 9a, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18a, 19a, 21.

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2014

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