Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Seascape with a Cloudy Sky; a Coastal Fort

1827

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 100 × 74 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18062
Turner Bequest CCVII 38

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, there are two studies here. At the top, there appears to be a boat or boats sailing on the left, possibly with a headland beyond, under a sky dense with cloud but with occasional patches of blue, as Turner notes. Below is a small, castellated fort, apparently overlooking a beach, probably on the Isle of Wight or on the South Coast of the mainland.
For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes on the Isle of Wight from late July 1827 onwards, see the sketchbook Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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