Joseph Mallord William Turner

Beacon Hill, Etc

c.1824

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 × 115 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18264
Turner Bequest CCIX 55

Catalogue entry

Here Turner pictures aspects of ‘Beacon Hill’, a craggy summit on the Suffolk North Sea coast. Beacon Hill is mentioned in Samuel Lewis’ A Topographical Dictionary of England, under the entry for ‘Dunwich’. Lewis writes that during the reign of King Edward IV (1461–70) the mayor and bailiffs of Dunwich had jurisdiction over an area which extended ‘from the south pier of Southwold harbour to a point of land formerly called Beacon Hill, now Catliff’. 1 Neither Beacon Hill nor Catliff is recorded in any current map of Suffolk, though from Lewis’ account it could be reasonable to suggest that the rock was located somewhere between Southwold and Dunwich.

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2015

1
Entry for ‘Dunwich (All Saints)’ in Samuel Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England, London 1848, pp.105–110, accessed 27 January 2015, http://www.british-history.ac.uk/topographical-dict/england/pp105-110

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