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
D35382
Turner Bequest CCCLVI 21

Catalogue entry

Here Turner has largely obscured the rough pencil under-sketch of a headland and beach with vigorously applied wash in muted brown, gold, grey, and blue. These distinct areas of colour, which are of similar saturation, have the effect of contracting and flattening the composition, diminishing a sense of aerial recession. Turner has inscribed ‘F[?k]’ in pencil at the bottom right, presumably shorthand for Folkestone.
Technical notes:
What appears to be Turner’s palm print in brown pigment can be seen on the folio 19 verso (D35381) opposite. There is some dark grey pigment close to the gutter of the sketchbook on that page which does not seem to be related to the drawing here.

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2013

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