In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 230 x 328 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35374
Turner Bequest CCCLVI 14

Catalogue entry

Turner appears to have taken this drawing close to the peripheral area of a cliff looking inland rather than out towards the sea, providing a different viewpoint of the harbour railway viaduct and coastline beyond. The viaduct is a more muted presence in this work than in previous drawings; its structure rendered smaller and in more subdued tones. The profile of a towered building, perhaps the same one seen in the previous folio (D35373), can be seen atop the headland. To the left of it are two smaller fortifications, perhaps a further Martello tower and a lighthouse-type structure.

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2013

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