Joseph Mallord William Turner

Coastal Cliffs with a Jetty and Lighthouse

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
D26248
Turner Bequest CCLXVIII 81 a

Catalogue entry

This rough sketch depicts cliffs on the east coast of England, with a lighthouse on the end of a jetty and buildings on the cliff top. It is one of several sketches of such a subject, and has not been firmly identified. David Wallace-Hadrill has suggested that it may have been made at Whitby along with several other sketches in the book (see folio 77 verso; D26242),1 but there is nothing to confirm that suggestion. There is a comparable sketch on folio 86 verso (D26257).

Thomas Ardill
January 2011

1
David Wallace-Hadrill, ‘CCLXVIII “Edinburgh” 1831–34’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files.

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