Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sailing Boats off Channel Cliffs

1845

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 86 × 111 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35561
Turner Bequest CCCLXI 42

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this vigorous sketch appears to show at least one sailing boat at sea. There is a slight continuation on folio 41 verso opposite (D35560), where ‘Cold Light’ may be noted above cliffs, probably on the Channel coast. See the sketchbook’s Introduction for the many slight coastal views scattered through it.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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