Joseph Mallord William TurnerTown on the Coast with a Ruin, a Lighthouse and a Bridge, Seen from the Sea 1834

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Artist
Title
Town on the Coast with a Ruin, a Lighthouse and a Bridge, Seen from the Sea
From Edinburgh Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCLXVIII
Date 1834
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 111 x 181 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26233
Turner Bequest CCLXVIII 73
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 73 Recto:
Town on the Coast with a Ruin, a Lighthouse and a Bridge, Seen from the Sea 1834
D26233
Turner Bequest CCLXVIII 73
Pencil on white wove paper, 111 x 181 mm
Inscribed in red ink by John Ruskin ‘73’ top right running vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLXVIII – 73’ top right running vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The two sketches on this page, along with folios 72 verso and 73 verso (D26232, D26234), are sketches from the sea which depict a town on the coast with a ruin on a cliff, a lighthouse and a multi-arched bridge. These sketches belong to a larger group of sketches of the coast from the sea, made as Turner travelled south along the east coast from Edinburgh to London (folios 70 verso–77 verso; D26228–D26242). The location of these sketches has not been identified, but the presence of the bridge, especially on folio 73 verso, suggests that the town is at the mouth of a river.

Thomas Ardill
January 2011

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