Joseph Mallord William Turner

Steephill Cove, Isle of Wight

1795

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 204 x 264 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00438
Turner Bequest XXIV 30

Catalogue entry

As the notes inside the front cover (transcribed in the sketchbook’s introduction), and on the flyleaf (D41250), indicate, John Landseer commissioned a watercolour based on this drawing. It has not been traced, and Landseer never made an engraving of it. Steephill, or ‘Steeple’, amid the impressive scenery of the Undercliff at the extreme southern tip of the island, had provided a number of subjects for Thomas Rowlandson (1756–1827) when he visited the Island in 1784 and 1791.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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