Joseph Mallord William Turner

Rocky Coastal Terrain, ?Sark Island

?1832

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 187 × 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23657
Turner Bequest CCLII 72

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned vertically, Turner filled this page with small drawings of the kind of steep and craggy coastal terrain that abounds in the Channel Islands. Turner’s inscription at the centre of the page on the right-hand side may read Creux, locating some or all of these sketches at Sark Island, described around the same time as ‘beset with numerous sunken as well as lofty rocks, apparently severed from the main land by some terrible convulsion of nature, and separated from it by narrow channels’.1

John Chu
April 2014

1
J.T. Cochrane, A Guide to the Island of Guernsey, St Peter Port 1826, p.139.

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