Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Kent Coast from Folkestone Harbour to Dover

c.1829

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 350 x 510 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25225
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 103

Display caption

Some of Turner’s freely executed seascapes relate to finished, more detailed works. This preparatory study lays down the main tonal and compositional elements of a watercolour painting, Folkestone Harbour and Coast to Dover about 1829. The lighter area on the left corresponds to the line of cliffs extending into the distance.

The watercolour was subsequently engraved as part of the topographical published series, Picturesque Views in England and Wales (see print on display nearby).

Gallery label, July 2008

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