Joseph Mallord William Turner

Storm Clouds, Perhaps over Fort Point, Margate

c.1829–45

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 193 × 277 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25340
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 218

Catalogue entry

If actually intended topographically, these brightly lit chalk cliffs, reserved as bare white paper against the fluid washes of the distant rainstorm, may represent Fort Point, at the eastern end of the Great Beach at Margate, as Eric Shanes has tentatively suggested.1 For more details of the Margate setting, see the Introduction to this subsection. Compare the even more loosely handled beach scene evoked in Tate D25354 (Turner Bequest CCLXIII 232).
1
See Shanes 1997, p.99.
Technical notes:
The smudges towards the bottom right may be indistinct finger marks.
Verso:
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