Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Bay below Channel Cliffs with a Sailing Boat and a Building; a Coastal View

1845

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 86 × 111 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35518
Turner Bequest CCCLXI 17

Catalogue entry

In the upper half is a view of a bay framed by cliffs to the left and a building, possibly on a quay or pier to the right, with a small boat at the centre; compare the sketch on folio 18 recto (D35520). Above the main view appears to be a separate outline of distant cliffs. Below, inverted, is a rougher sketch of what appears to be a coastal view. Both sketches appear to have counterparts on folio 16 verso opposite (D35517). See the sketchbook’s Introduction for the many slight coastal views scattered through it.
Technical notes:
There is some brown staining at the gutter, possibly indicating water damage in the 1928 Tate flood.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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