Joseph Mallord William Turner

Buildings and Shipping at Yarmouth

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
D18215
Turner Bequest CCIX 30 a

Catalogue entry

Here Turner has recorded aspects of Yarmouth in Norfolk. Drawing with the sketchbook turned vertically, the artist pictures its streets and harbour in four views. At the uppermost register one of the towers of the medieval town wall is depicted (see Tate D18214; Turner Bequest CCIX 30). The two rear views show shipping docked at Yarmouth harbour, possibly the South Quay. Turner has annotated the drawing with four rather illegible inscriptions transcribed in full above. For other sketches of Yarmouth in this book see Tate D18203–D18223; Turner Bequest CCIX 24a–34a. Turner’s sketches are associated with designs for both the England and Wales (Tate impression T04547) and East Coast engraving schemes, though the latter design, housed at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, was unpublished.1

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2015

1
Wilton 1979, p.394 no.810 and 405 no.904.

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