Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Sketches of Rocks

1818

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 99 × 159 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13419
Turner Bequest CLXV 54

Catalogue entry

Finberg tentatively suggested ‘rocks’ as the subject for these two sketches, and although the jagged lines and boxy shapes here do match Turner’s other more identifiable sketches of rocks, there is nothing in this drawing to indicate the particular subject. Considering the other subjects in the sketchbook, however, it is likely that these are some of the rocks of crags off the coast of Dunbar.

Thomas Ardill
November 2007

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