Joseph Mallord William Turner

View in Freshwater Bay

1795

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 204 x 264 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00447
Turner Bequest XXIV 39

Catalogue entry

Freshwater Bay lies considerably farther west than the villages of the Undercliff and its hinterland which Turner visited and recorded on the immediately preceding pages of this sketchbook. Cormack and Dearden suggest that a watercolour of the same spot in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (PD. 109–1950)1 is based on this drawing. It is a somewhat generalised version of the subject, in blue-grey washes over pencil, and stylistically can hardly be later than 1795; it seems to be by Edward Dayes (1763–1804). Another view of Freshwater Bay (untraced)2 was engraved by John Landseer for an unpublished work of about 1799.
The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally.
1
Cormack 1975, p.30 no.5, pl.5.
2
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.319 no.178.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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