Joseph Mallord William Turner?Tynemouth, Northumberland c.1829

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Artist
Title
?Tynemouth, Northumberland
Date c.1829
MediumChalk and watercolour on paper
Dimensionssupport: 303 x 485 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25277
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 155
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
?Tynemouth, Northumberland c.1829
D25277
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 155
Chalk and watercolour on white wove paper, 303 x 485 mm
Watermark ‘C Ansell | 1828’
Inscribed in red ink ‘155’ bottom right
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLXIII – 155’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This colour study has been proposed by Eric Shanes as relating to the lost watercolour cf watercolour Tynemouth, Northumberland of about 1829 (destroyed by fire, 1962),1 engraved in 1831 for the Picturesque Views in England and Wales (Tate impressions: T04572, T04573, T06092).2 The watercolour shows the view north across Prior’s Haven on the north bank of the Tyne Estuary, as shown in Turner’s 1797 North of England sketchbook (Tate D00942; Turner Bequest XXXIV 35), a watercolour of about that date (Tate D00891; Turner Bequest XXXIII T) and Tynemouth Priory of about 1818 or later (Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery).3
While a second study related by Shanes to the finished composition (Tate D25245; Turner Bequest CCLXIII 123) appears close to it in various aspects of form and colour, the present work is much more diffuse and exploratory, and beyond the sense of a storm on the right over rising ground in the distance to the left, there is little to tie it directly to the England and Wales design, and the identification is likely to remain unproven.
See also the introductions to the present subsection of identified subjects and the overall England and Wales ‘colour beginnings’ grouping to which this work has been assigned.
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, pp.396–7 no.827, reproduced.
2
Shanes 1997, pp.96, 105.
3
Ibid., p.362 no.545, reproduced, as c.1818; Eric Shanes, Turner’s England 1810–38, London 1990, p.149, reproduced in colour, as c.1825.
Verso:
Blank (laid down and not examined).

Matthew Imms
March 2013

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