Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches of Shipping, at ?Calais or Dover

1820

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 94 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40989

Catalogue entry

In early 1820, at the end of his six month tour of Italy, Turner headed homeward and crossed the Channel between Calais and Dover. This page contains studies of shipping seen near the coastline of either of the two harbours, although the artist’s inscription within the uppermost view suggests that this may depict the white cliffs of Dover. Related sketches can be found on folio 106 verso (D16889; Turner Bequest CXCIII 105a).

Nicola Moorby
March 2011

Read full Catalogue entry

Explore

You might like