Joseph Mallord William Turner

A View along the ?Kent Coast

c.1798

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 211 × 270 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00701
Turner Bequest XXVIII P

Catalogue entry

Finberg recorded the conjecture that this is a view in Kent, or possibly the Isle of Wight.1 Although there are resemblances here to the south coast of the Isle of Wight, stylistically the drawing can hardly have been made as early as 1795, the only time that Turner travelled in the island, and so Kent seems more likely: the view may be somewhere in the neighbourhood of Margate.
1
A.J. Finberg (died 1939), undated MS note in interleaved copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, opposite p.58.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by ?John Ruskin in pen and ink ‘126’, and in a later hand in pencil ‘28’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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