Joseph Mallord William Turner

Rocks on Coast

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 59 x 96 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25681
Turner Bequest CCLXV 22 a

Catalogue entry

Finberg interpreted these slight sketches as ‘Rocks on the coast’, presumably connecting the page with the coastal views on nearby folios which have subsequently been tentatively identified as Leith (folio 21 verso–22; D25679–D25680). The following sketchbook page (between this and folio 23; D25682) has been removed. Perhaps that page would have provided further clues.

Thomas Ardill
May 2010

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