Joseph Mallord William Turner

Cliffs on the Coast

1845

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 172 x 70 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35337
Turner Bequest CCCLV 2 a

Catalogue entry

The sketches on this page are inverted relative to the foliation. The jagged strikes of the pencil at the very top of the page constitute the contours of a cliff which Turner has extended across the page onto folio 3 recto opposite (D35338). Beneath these marks is the outline of a second cliff; here Turner depicts the attenuating section of this cliff which broadens as it extends onto the opposite page to render the headland. Below is a seemingly isolated sketch across the middle of the page. Rapidly rendered, this sketch may depict another cliff structure or beach. It is markedly undeveloped in relation to the other sketches.
Technical notes:
Incidental traces of chalk appear on the surface of the paper, which seem to be unrelated to the drawing.

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2013

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