Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Figure and Dog on the Shore, Perhaps with Margate in the Distance

c.1829–45

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 191 × 290 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25354
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 232

Display caption

Turner’s late watercolour studies of the sea rarely include figures. These four works include the briefest indication of people walking or paddling on the shore. But the reduction of the figures to abstract marks seems to emphasise, rather than dispel, the bleak and lonely nature of these scenes.

Gallery label, July 2008

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