J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin Dover: General View from the East 1795-6

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
Dover: General View from the East 1795–6
D36623
Turner Bequest CCCLXXVIII 8
Pencil and blue and grey watercolour on white wove paper, 400 x 557 mm
Watermark ‘J WHATMAN’
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCCLXXVIII – 8’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Provenance:
Probably commissioned by Dr Thomas Monro
Monro’s posthumous sale, Christie’s, London, 26 June 1833 (probably in 118, as one of nine ‘Views at Dover, &c., blue and grey’ by Turner)
Bought by ‘Churchill’, probably on behalf of Turner
The pencil work is by Girtin. This was copied from a pencil drawing by John Henderson (1764–1843), now in the British Museum, London (1935–2–19–5); this is inscribed: ‘Back of Dover – the Pent’.1 Another, more accomplished outline of the subject, also probably made by Girtin, is also in the British Museum (1935–2–19–6).2
For the group of Dover drawings to which the present work belongs (Tate D36616–D36624; Turner Bequest CCCLXXVIII 1–9), see under D36616.
1
Wilton 1984, p.20 ill.29 (detail).
2
Ibid., p.21 ill.30.
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Dover: General View from the East 1795–6 by Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin’, catalogue entry, April 2012, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-thomas-girtin-dover-general-view-from-the-east-r1141312, accessed 19 September 2014.