Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Man on a Beach, with Distant Boats

c.1826–40

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 136 × 192 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24939
Turner Bequest CCLX 103

Catalogue entry

This slight sketch shows a man looking out over the waves approaching a beach, possibly with other figures beyond, with slight indications of boats in the distance. See the Introduction for other examples of such scenes, and compare Tate D24940 (Turner Bequest CCLX 104).
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by John Ruskin in pencil ‘52 | O’ bottom right. There is some brown staining, possibly from the 1928 Tate Gallery flood.

Matthew Imms
December 2015

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