Joseph Mallord William Turner

Whitby Abbey and Cliffs, from the North

1801

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 115 x 164 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02746
Turner Bequest LIV 83 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the drawing is continued on folio 84 recto opposite (D02747). This is the most elaborately worked up of the studies in this sketchbook, making use of a subtle orchestration of colour and scraped highlights on the mauve-pink ground common to most of its pages. It is the first of the long sequence of sketches on the Yorkshire coast between Scarborough and Whitby running on to folio 98 verso (D02746–D02776).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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