Joseph Mallord William Turner

Coastal Terrain, Channel Islands

?1832

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 × 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23671
Turner Bequest CCLII 79

Catalogue entry

Turner filled much of this page with sketches of the kind of steep and craggy coastal terrain that abounds in the Channel Islands. The jagged cliffs and reefs sketched onto the bottom half of the page are inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated. Sark Island, whose coast is one of subjects of particular study in this sketchbook, was described around the same time as ‘beset with numerous sunken as well as lofty rocks, apparently severed from the main land by some terrible convulsion of nature, and separated from it by narrow channels’.1

John Chu
April 2014

1
J.T. Cochrane, A Guide to the Island of Guernsey, St Peter Port 1826, p.139.

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