Joseph Mallord William Turner

A View of Sandgate Castle, from Folkestone

c.1821–2

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17270
Turner Bequest CXCVIII 37 a

Catalogue entry

The prospect on this page describes a view of Sandgate observed from the Leas in Folkestone, as identified by Finberg.1 Sandgate Castle is visible towards the left on the shoreline, and a broad Martello tower is indicated on the right of the sketch. Turner makes a fragmented study of the same prospect on the following page, folio 38 recto (D17271), and emulates the present view again on folios 40 verso and 41 recto (D17276 and D17277). He executes a clearer drawing of an almost identical view on folio 44 recto (D17280). Turner returns to this scene again in the Holland sketchbook of 1825 (Tate D18883; Turner Bequest CCXIV 22 a). For a list of studies in the current sketchbook which describe Martello towers, see the entry for folio 5 verso (D17215).
For a full record of the Sandgate studies in this book and further information about the Castle, see the entry for folio 16 verso (D17233).

Maud Whatley
January 2016

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.605.

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