Joseph Mallord William Turner

Scenes on the Suffolk Coast

c.1824

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 115 × 118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18255
Turner Bequest CCIX 50 a

Catalogue entry

Here Turner has rendered two views of the shoreline at a village on the Suffolk North Sea coast. The drawings are positioned inversely relative to one another. In the view oriented according to the foliation buildings and houses line the cliff edge and figures stand at the base of a flagpole looking out to sea (see also Tate D18253–D18254, D18256; Turner Bequest CCIX 49a–50, 51). Below an array of fishing boats can be seen beached on the sands. There is a separate small sketch at top right which depicts fishermen navigating a vessel; they are watched from the shore by a group of figures.

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2015

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