Joseph Mallord William Turner

Hythe from the Ashford Road, above the Royal Military Canal; and a Smaller Version of the Same Subject


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 129 × 205 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXXIX 19 a

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the sketchbook inverted, and continued on folio 20 (D10366), this drawing of Hythe served as the basis for the watercolour (Guildhall Art Gallery, London)1 engraved by George Cooke in 1824 for Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England. The double-spread study in this sketchbook is developed from a smaller sketch, hitherto unrecognised but probably Turner’s first impression of the site, in the Hastings to Margate sketchbook (Tate D10497; Turner Bequest CXL 45a). The view is from the Ashford road eastwards towards the town and the sea. Most of the substance of the watercolour and print are set out in D10366. The trees seen in this portion were reduced to two to frame the composition on the right. However, a splash of yellow on this leaf probably occurred as he referred to the drawing while working on the watercolour.
There is a smaller, condensed version of this subject at upper right, drawn with the sketchbook turned to upright format. Hythe is marked on the sketch map of the South Coast inside the back cover (D40834).

David Blayney Brown
May 2011

Wilton 1979, p.354 no.475.

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