Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Sketches of Orfordness Lighthouse

c.1824

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 115 x 118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18238
Turner Bequest CCIX 42

Catalogue entry

Here Turner studies the lighthouse at Orfordness on the Suffolk coast. Constructed in the 1790s, the lighthouse stands on a long shingle spit which spans from Orford to Aldeburgh where it links to the mainland. These sketches are preparatory material for the finished watercolour and gouache drawing on blue paper of Orfordness produced in around 1827 for the East Coast series (The Whitworth Art Gallery).1 See also Tate D18304–D18305; Turner Bequest CCIX 86a–87.

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2015

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.405 no.901.

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