Joseph Mallord William Turner

Coastal Views at Ostend, with a Sailing Boat, the Lighthouse, and Distant Spires

1840

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 104 × 170 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30495
Turner Bequest CCCIII 19 a

Catalogue entry

The two drawings here were made with the page turned horizontally, one above the other. The upper is centred on the slender lighthouse (since replaced) near the entrance to Ostend’s harbour channel. Below, a sailing boat is shown manoeuvring off the foreshore, with spires and windmills outlined beyond.
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll have suggested this page and a few others ‘contain features which have some connection’ with the oil seascape Ostend Turner exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1844 (Neue Pinakothek, Munich),1 ‘although they are in so summary a shorthand style that it is difficult to be certain of a direct relationship.’2 See folio 6 recto (D30470) for one possible source. For numerous other Ostend views on adjacent pages, marking the end of Turner’s 1840 tour, see under folio 1 recto (D30460).

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.254–5 no.407, pl.412 (colour).
2
Ibid., p.255.

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