Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketch of a Headland

c.1819

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 99 × 155 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13975
Turner Bequest CLXXII 23 a

Catalogue entry

The rough, schematic nature of this landscape makes the subject uncertain but it appears to be a sketch of a distant headland with the sea on the right hand side. The location is unidentified, although it may represent an English scene, depicting the same piece of land as the sketch on folio 24 verso (D13977). It may predate the artist’s use of the sketchbook as a notebook relating to his Italian travels in the autumn of 1819.

Nicola Moorby
July 2008

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