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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Support: 230 × 328 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLVI 22

Catalogue entry

Rough pencil jottings, similar to those found in folio 19 recto (D35381), suggest the sloping topography of a cliff as it merges into a small cove. Vigorous dry-brush strokes of ochre at the bottom right lend a sense of its texture. The contiguous headland is rendered in diluted red and blue wash which disperse into one another, feathering and bleeding to produce striking tonal gradations. Turner has inscribed ‘F[?k]’ in pencil at the bottom right, presumably shorthand for Folkestone.
Technical notes:
The pencil drawing appears to continue onto folio 20 verso (D35382) opposite at the centre close to the gutter of the sketchbook.

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2013

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