Joseph Mallord William Turner

Coastal View ?at Brighton

c.1824

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 75 × 118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18338
Turner Bequest CCX 16 a

Catalogue entry

In this cursory view Turner pictures the seafront of a coastal town. The location is probably Brighton, with its Chain Pier rendered in the distance (see Tate D18335, D18343, D18345, D18355, D24836, N02064; Turner Bequest CCX 14a, 20, 21, 27, CCLIX 271). The sky is expansive and stormy. Turner has inscribed ‘Light’ at centre to mark out illumination through the clouds.
For further sketches of Brighton in this book see Tate D18344, D18347–D18350, D18353–D18365, D18369–D18371; Turner Bequest CCX 20a, 22–23a, 25a–33a, 35a–36a. See also Turner’s design Brighthelmstone, produced for Cooke’s Picturesque Views of the Southern Coast of England and published in 1825 (Tate impression T05289 and Tate D18469; Turner Bequest CCX 88).

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2015

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