Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Man on a Beach with Breaking Waves

c.1826–40

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 139 × 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24942
Turner Bequest CCLX 106

Catalogue entry

The silhouetted man at the centre (a sort of surrogate for the artist himself) stands on a beach and confronts rolling waves. There is perhaps a pier or breakwater on the left, and the marks towards the right may indicate a small boat or boats and figures in the surf. See the Introduction for other examples of such scenes.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by John Ruskin in pencil ‘52 | O’ bottom right (partly obscured); inscribed in pencil ‘D.24942’ bottom left. There is a border of white paper or tape, with more paper adhering, indicating that the sheet was formerly mounted.

Matthew Imms
December 2015

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