Joseph Mallord William Turner

?South Foreland Lighthouse

c.1821–2

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 187 x 113 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17231
Turner Bequest CXCVIII 15

Catalogue entry

Rapidly composed, summary pencil lines fill the topmost third of this vertically oriented page in a gestural rendering of cliffs observed from inland. At the summit of a gentle slope sits a lighthouse on the far left. The structure seems to be the upper lighthouse at South Foreland, near Dover in Kent. Possibly the lower lighthouse is also indicated by a small section of a building peeping over the horizon towards the centre. Turner studies the upper tower and adjacent buildings several times throughout the sketchbook. For a list of these instances, and further discussion concerned with the identification of the lighthouse, see the entry for folio 8 recto (D17220).
Technical notes:
The top right corner of the page has suffered some very light staining, possibly caused by being saturated with water.
Verso:
Blank

Maud Whatley
January 2016

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