Joseph Mallord William Turner

?The East Cliffs at Folkestone

c.1821–2

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17211
Turner Bequest CXCVIII 3

Catalogue entry

Here Turner looks up towards a distant cluster of buildings, recording the craggy cascade of cliffs that they sit upon, which according to Finberg are possibly the East Cliffs of Folkestone.1 The perspective suggests that his viewpoint was either the shoreline or a boat cast off from East Wear bay.
Towards the outside edge of the page are two further sketches of the cliffs composed from greater distance and with the page turned vertically, supporting conjecture that Turner was jotting down his observations from a boat in the Channel. Drawings of this outcrop as the artist moves past it appear to continue on folio 4 verso (D17213). For a comprehensive list of the pages in the current sketchbook which observe scenes at Folkestone, see the entry for folio 17 verso (D17235).
1
Finberg 1909, I, p.604.
Verso:
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Maud Whatley
January 2016

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