Joseph Mallord William Turner

Coastal Views at Ostend, with the Lighthouse and a Windmill

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
D30462
Turner Bequest CCCIII 2

Catalogue entry

There are two drawings here, made with the page turned horizontally both ways. With the gutter at the bottom, the larger view shows the slender lighthouse (since replaced) overlooking the harbour channel, as seen on numerous adjacent pages, and other buildings including a nearby windmill. The other way up is a shore study with waves or dunes in the foreground, perhaps with one or two small, silhouetted figures.
For the numerous Ostend views at this end of the sketchbook, marking the end of Turner’s 1840 tour, see under folio 1 recto (D30460),1 which includes small studies with the lighthouse against the sunset.
1
See also Powell 1995, pp.72, 82 note 71, 246.
Technical notes:
For discussion of the watermark, see the overall technical notes in the sketchbook’s Introduction.1

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
See also Bower 1999, pp.102–3.

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