Joseph Mallord William Turner

Channel Cliffs with a Low Sun

1845

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 × 86 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35535
Turner Bequest CCCLXI 27 v

Catalogue entry

This slight drawing, made with the page turned vertically, is not mentioned in Finberg’s 1909 Inventory.1 It apparently shows the sun rising or setting and reflected in the sea off cliffs, probably on a Channel coast. See the sketchbook’s Introduction for the many slight coastal views scattered through it.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

1
See A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.II, p.1172.

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