Joseph Mallord William Turner

Scarborough Harbour and Castle Cliff from the Lighthouse

c.1816–18

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 117 x 180 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D11945
Turner Bequest CL 26

Catalogue entry

This sketch records the view looking north across Scarborough outer harbour from the lighthouse, with the castle cliff beyond left, the outer jetty to the right and the castle wall (rather than the path noted by Finberg) snaking upwards from the far side of the harbour.
Verso:
Blank, except for an inscription by ?John Ruskin in red ink, ‘168. I.’ bottom left. The number is the sketchbook’s Turner Bequest Schedule number. The inscription suggests that the page was removed from the sketchbook, and the number recorded of the sketchbook to which it belonged, probably with some early exhibition at the National Gallery in mind. In the event, the drawing does not appear to have been shown.

David Hill
September 2008

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