Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Jarvis’s Landing Place, Margate

c.1829–45

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 188 × 275 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36056
Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 210

Catalogue entry

Described by Finberg as a ‘river’ subject,1 this ‘colour beginning’ evokes a rough structure, which may be the wooden causeway and railings of the somewhat ramshackle Jarvis’s Landing Place, which ran north across the Great Beach at Margate and out along a jetty into the sea. It is seen clearly in several of the more conventional drawings in the present subsection, and in the background of a watercolour study (Tate D36017; Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 173).
The cursory treatment perhaps evokes the wet beach in the foreground, with waves, clouds or even the smoke from a steamer beyond. If not Margate, the subject may be a groyne or breakwater witnessed elsewhere or recalled in the studio.
1
Finberg 1909, II, p.1190.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in black with Turner Bequest monogram over ‘CCCLXIV – 210’ bottom right; inscribed in pencil ‘D.36056’ bottom right.

Matthew Imms
August 2016

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