This sketch records the view from the quay of Scarborough Harbour, looking south down the lighthouse jetty to the lighthouse. The ships seen against the light in the harbour to the left are perhaps reminiscent of some of the harbour paintings of the French seventeenth-century painter Claude Lorraine, of whom Turner was particularly fond. A small lightship appears in the right foreground and similar vessels appear in another sketch in the sequence (D11926; Turner Bequest CL 10) which appears to continue, more or less, the panorama to the right. In the distance, just to the right of the lightship, can be seen the triangular rock that appears in a number of other sketches (for example D11924; Turner Bequest CL 8).
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.387 no.751.
Blank, except for an inscription by ?John Ruskin in red ink bottom left ‘168 Invent’ (see notes to folio 3, D11945; Turner Bequest CL 26).
- Yorkshire, North(770)