Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of a Rock, Probably in St Bride’s Bay

1795

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 205 × 130 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00479
Turner Bequest XXV 18

Catalogue entry

The subject was drawn with the page turned vertically. Turner made drawings of several rocks on this and the following four pages, folios 19 recto–22 recto (D00480–D00483); the inscription on folio 20 recto (D00481) may identify the location of all of them.
Compare the studies of sea and rocks on the south west Welsh coast in the South Wales sketchbook (Tate D00583, D00585–D00587, D00595; Turner Bequest XXVI 30, 32, 33, 34, 41), and the watercolour that he took out of that book and mounted as a finished work (Tate D00582; Turner Bequest XXVI 29).
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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