Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ruins at Richborough, with Ramsgate in the Distance; a Boat Sailing

c.1830

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 76 × 98 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35826
Turner Bequest CCCLXIII 38 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, at the top left is part of a drawing of Richborough Castle near Sandwich which continues across folio 40 recto opposite (D35827; Turner Bequest CCCLXIII 39), where the Roman ruins are seen. In this part the view is down the last meanderings of the River Stour towards Pegwell Bay, with Ramsgate on the Kent coast in the distance to the north-east; see under folio 6 verso (D35768).
With the page turned vertically, there is a quick study of a boat under sail, presumably along the river or off the nearby coast.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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