Joseph Mallord William Turner

Scarborough from the South; Study of ?Seaweed

c.1816–18

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 116 x 182 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40710

Catalogue entry

The main sketch is a hurried and rather schematic rendering of Scarborough from the south. This is related in general terms to a finished watercolour of Scarborough (private collection)1 dated 1818. The closest sketch to the final composition also occurs in the present sketchbook (D11971; Turner Bequest CLI 17a) and this in turn is related to a sketch from a slightly different viewpoint in the Scarborough 1 sketchbook (Tate D11924; Turner Bequest CL 8).
An even more schematic note towards the top of the page appears to represent a frond of seaweed.

David Hill
September 2008

1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.360 no.529.

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