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: 70 × 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35338
Turner Bequest CCCLV 3

Catalogue entry

The sketches on the right side of the page are a continuation of the cliffs on folio 2 verso opposite (D35337). These are orientated at a right angle to the remaining sketch which has been drawn with the page turned horizontally. It appears to show the profile of cliff faces as the coastline recedes. Turner has employed rough strikes of the pencil to indicate the weathered surface texture of the cliffs towards the left. Above the outline of the headland of the cliff towards the bottom left Turner seems to have pencilled in the letter ‘J’ or possibly ‘S’. A number ‘4’ appears to hover above the outline of the cliff.

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2013

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