Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Chalk Cliff, Probably Fort Point, Margate, from the Great Beach

c.1829–40

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 136 × 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24812
Turner Bequest CCLIX 247

Catalogue entry

This is perhaps a view north-east from the Great Beach at Margate, showing figures at leisure at the foot of the low chalk cliffs formerly marking Fort Point, which appear on the right of a definite blue paper drawing of the scene (Tate D20319; Turner Bequest CCXXIV 29). For more details of the likely setting, see the Introduction to this subsection.
Technical notes:
The colours have faded a little from prolonged display, especially the yellow sand except where the edge was protected by a mount.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by ?Turner in pencil ‘5 [...] 50’ bottom centre; inscribed in pencil ‘cclix 247’ towards bottom left; inscribed in pencil ‘cclix.247’ bottom right.

Matthew Imms
August 2016

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