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

Joseph Mallord William Turner View of Margate from the Sea, and a Man-of-War and Smaller Boats Offshore c.1805-9

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 11 Recto:
View of Margate from the Sea, and a Man-of-War and Smaller Boats Offshore circa 1805–9
D06513
Turner Bequest XCIX 87
Pencil on off-white wove paper, 115 x 190 mm
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in red ink ‘87’ top right
Stamped in black ‘XCIX 87’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Finberg noted that this leaf was ‘found unnumbered’ (by John Ruskin) and listed it as ‘page 87’. In fact, the number ‘87’ inscribed in the top right corner looks like Ruskin’s writing and it is in his customary red ink (although he numbered the other leaves of this book in blue). The present leaf was inserted in the reconstituted sketchbook as folio 11, as noted by Edward Croft-Murray in a copy of Finberg in Tate’s Library, in order to align the sketch of a long stretch of coastline towards Margate across the top of the leaf with its continuation on folio 10 verso (D06374). Below is a separate sketch of a man-of-war dressed with flags and other vessels off the coast.
Verso:
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David Blayney Brown
March 2009

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘View of Margate from the Sea, and a Man-of-War and Smaller Boats Offshore c.1805–9 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2009, 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-view-of-margate-from-the-sea-and-a-man-of-war-and-smaller-r1130562, accessed 18 December 2014.