Joseph Mallord William Turner

Margate: Figures and Boats on the Great Beach with the Pier, Lighthouse and Jarvis’s Landing Place

c.1829–40

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 148 × 230 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D34326
Turner Bequest CCCXLIII 26

Catalogue entry

The view is west along Margate’s Great Beach, with boats beached and just off shore beside the jetty of Jarvis’s Landing Place, with the stone pier and lighthouse beyond. Some of the figures may have disembarked from or be awaiting the steamer seen up the Thames estuary in the distance. For more on the Margate setting, see the Introduction to this subsection.
Technical notes:
The left half of the top edge is irregular, presumably resulting from the sheet’s being torn from a larger one, as was Turner’s customary practice with blue paper; it did not preclude his using it for this quick study of so familiar a subject. Compare the deep blue of another Margate sheet (Tate D34336; Turner Bequest CCCXLIII 35).
Verso:
Blank; laid down. Inscribed on backing sheet in pencil ‘CCCXLIII’ bottom right.

Matthew Imms
August 2016

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