Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Views of the Essex Shore: Southend and Foulness Island

c.1805–9

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 115 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06456
Turner Bequest XCIX 57 a

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the sketchbook inverted. Foulness Island, at the eastern extremity of the Essex bank of the Thames, is seen above, Southend below. What Turner means by ‘Oxney Light’ is unclear. The two vessels shown off Southend include a lightship with its twin lanterns on the yard-arm, but too close to the shore to be the Nore lightship shown on folio 62 verso (D06458; Turner Bequest XCIX 58a).

David Blayney Brown
March 2009

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