Joseph Mallord William Turner

Studies on a Channel Coast

1845

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 × 86 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35546
Turner Bequest CCCLXI 33 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, there are three or four rapid, rough studies apparently showing shipping and waves off a coastline, where the buildings may include a lighthouse. Turner’s inscription at the top is illegible, and there appear to be one or two other brief annotations. The viewpoint is perhaps a boat in the Channel. See the sketchbook’s Introduction for the many slight coastal views scattered through it, and compare folio 34 recto opposite (D35547).
Technical notes:
There is some brown staining at the gutter, possibly indicating water damage in the 1928 Tate flood.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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