Joseph Mallord William Turner

Houses and Cliffs on the Coast

c.1821–2

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 × 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17294
Turner Bequest CXCVIII 53

Catalogue entry

As described by Finberg, this page is decorated with two drawings; one of houses, and one of cliffs.1 The latter is a diagonally orientated, stretched across most of the bottom left corner of the sheet. The cliffs are ragged and coastal, comprised of straggly lines which flow into and across one another.
In the top right hand corner a domestic coastal dwelling, or collection of houses, is recorded. The buildings seem to perch close to the edge of some cliffs, which are indicated to the left with a sloping rope of undulating lines.
1
Finberg 1909, I, p.605.
Verso:
Blank

Maud Whatley
January 2016

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