Joseph Mallord William Turner

The West Pier, Leith Harbour; and Shipping

1822

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17624
Turner Bequest CC 67 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook inverted are two rapidly executed drawings of boats under sail in Leith Roads. The three or so vessels, drawn with the simplest and quickest means at the top of the page, are repeated below to the west of Leith’s old West Pier, which has now been removed, with its signal tower or lighthouse at its head which is also drawn on the Inside Front Cover of this sketchbook (Tate D40687). The inscription may refer to a ‘Red [Boat]’.

Thomas Ardill
September 2008

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