Joseph Mallord William Turner

Beach

c.1820–30

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 191 × 273 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25395
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 272

Catalogue entry

This is one of a large number of sketches on loose sheets of paper depicting coastal terrain and seagoing vessels in various combinations. For the grouping and dating of these works to the middle and later periods of Turner’s career, see the section introduction. This sheet was cut from a much larger sheet, some of the other sections of which Turner specialist Eric Shanes has located in the Turner Bequest.1 These are: D25346–D25348 (Turner Bequest CCLXIII 224–226). Each section bears a different fragment of the watermark reading ‘T EDMONDS’, ‘1825’, and ‘NOT BLEACHED’.
1
Eric Shanes, Turner’s Watercolour Explorations 1810–1842, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.40.
Verso:
The verso is attached to the mount.

John Chu
June 2015

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