Joseph Mallord William Turner

Cliffs on a Channel Coast, Possibly with the Isle of Wight

1845

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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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
D35509
Turner Bequest CCCLXI 12

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbooks foliation is a horizon line briefly continued from the view of cliffs on folio 11 verso opposite (D35508). At the outer edge with the page turned vertically is a slight view of what appear to be coastal features, possibly inscribed above ‘IoW’ for Isle of Wight or simple ‘low’ (see also folio 10 recto; D35505). See the sketchbook’s Introduction for the many slight coastal views and inscribed studies of clouds and the sun over the sea scattered through it.
Technical notes:
There is some brown staining at the gutter, possibly indicating water damage in the 1928 Tate flood.
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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