Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Sun and Clouds over the Sea, Perhaps at Margate


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 86 × 111 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLXI 106 a

Catalogue entry

The drawing is inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation.
The studies of the sun and clouds over the sea on folios 105 recto–108 recto (D35677–D35783) and inside the back cover (D41151) were perhaps all made from the vicinity of Mrs Booth’s house in Margate, looking north over the beach, a favourite vantage point for the artist (see for example the group of ‘Margate Beach Scenes’ in the ‘Margate, London and Surrey c.1829–45’ section of this catalogue). The lighthouse on the adjacent pier may be shown in D35681, and neighbouring Droit House in D35683. For other Margate views, see under folio 99 verso (D35666).
For the unusual specific dates inscribed on a few pages of this sketchbook, see the Introduction.
Technical notes:
There is some brown staining at the gutter and at the edge, possibly indicating water damage in the 1928 Tate flood.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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