Joseph Mallord William Turner

Channel Cliffs, ?with Figures on a Beach

1845

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 86 × 111 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35624
Turner Bequest CCCLXI 78

Catalogue entry

Assuming this is a single view, there are high cliffs, presumably on a Channel coast, in the background, with loose forms in the foreground apparently including at least one figure, possibly carrying a bag or basket on its back.
The drawing continues a little way onto folio 77 verso opposite (D35623). See the sketchbook’s Introduction for the many slight coastal views scattered through it.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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