Joseph Mallord William TurnerThe Blue Headland; a Figure and a Dog on the Shore, Perhaps at Margate c.1835-40

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The Blue Headland; a Figure and a Dog on the Shore, Perhaps at Margate
Date c.1835-40
MediumWatercolour on paper
Dimensionssupport: 191 x 290 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25354
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 232
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Turner’s late watercolour studies of the sea rarely include figures. These four works include the briefest indication of people walking or paddling on the shore. But the reduction of the figures to abstract marks seems to emphasise, rather than dispel, the bleak and lonely nature of these scenes.

July 2008

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