Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Isle of Wight from Christchurch

1811

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 75 x 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08411
Turner Bequest CXXIII 27

Catalogue entry

The Isle of Wight, with the Needles at its eastern end, is seen on the left. This sketch and that on folio 22 recto (D08403) seem to have been the basis of an unfinished watercolour known as Coast Scene with White Cliffs and Boats (Yale Center for British Art, New Haven),1 of a similar size to those Turner completed for the Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England project (see the introduction to the 1811 West Country tour).
For other sketches made around Christchurch see under folio 22 recto (D08403).

Matthew Imms
June 2011

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.355 no.488, reproduced; it has since been described as ‘definitely not by Turner’: see Eric Shanes, ‘Books’, Turner Studies, vol.1, no.1, Summer 1981, p.47.

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