Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Sun and Clouds over the Sea, Perhaps at Margate

1845

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 86 x 111 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35677
Turner Bequest CCCLXI 105

Catalogue entry

The studies of the sun and clouds over the sea on folios 105 recto–108 recto (D35677–D35783) and inside the back cover (D41151) were perhaps all made from the vicinity of Mrs Booth’s house in Margate, looking north over the beach, a favourite vantage point for the artist (see for example the group of ‘Margate Beach Scenes’ in the ‘Margate, London and Surrey c.1829–45’ section of this catalogue). The lighthouse on the adjacent pier may be shown in D35681, and neighbouring Droit House in D35683. For other Margate views, see under folio 99 verso (D35666).
Turner’s brief inscription across the foreground here is presumably some comment on the conditions or appearance of the shore, such as ‘Sand’ or ‘Sea Light’ (compare for example folio 106 recto; D35679) or ‘Sea Low’.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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