Joseph Mallord William Turner

Five Views of Dover from the Sea

1820

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 115 × 94 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16887
Turner Bequest CXCIII 104 a

Catalogue entry

The final leg of Turner’s return journey from Italy took him from Calais to Dover, arriving back in London on 1 February 1820. The sketches on this page represent five views of Dover seen from the sea, some of the compositions of which spill over onto the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 106 (D16888; Turner Bequest CXCIII 105). They include three studies of the castle drawn at intervals on the approach towards the port, the sharp silhouette of Shakespeare’s cliff seen from the east (second from top), and a general view of the coastline (second from bottom) which the artist has annotated ‘N[orth]’ and ‘S[outh]’.

Nicola Moorby
March 2011

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