Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Sun and Clouds over the Sea, ?with the Lighthouse on Margate Pier

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: 86 × 111 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35681
Turner Bequest CCCLXI 107

Catalogue entry

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 left is likely the one on Margate’s pier, west of Mrs Booth’s. Neighbouring Droit House is shown on folio 108 recto (D35683). For other Margate views, see under folio 99 verso (D35666).
Technical notes:
There is some brown staining at the gutter and elsewhere, possibly indicating water damage in the 1928 Tate flood.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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