Joseph Mallord William Turner

Cliffs; Also Female Figure

1834

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 × 181 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26257
Turner Bequest CCLXVIII 86 a

Catalogue entry

Drawn across the top of the page are two sketches of coastal cliffs with a lighthouse (top left), windmills (centre of each sketch) and other buildings. The location of this stretch of coast has not been determined. There are similar sketches of cliffs scattered throughout the sketchbook. For examples, see folios 2 verso, 71 and 81 verso (D26098, D26229, D26248). Beneath these sketches, drawn with the book turned to the right, is a quick sketch of a female figure, either wearing a large hat or perhaps carrying something on her head.

Thomas Ardill
January 2011

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