Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Sketches of the Cliffs at Moen, from the Sea

1835

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 92 × 155 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30831
Turner Bequest CCCV 6

Catalogue entry

These sketches depict the cliffs at Møn, an island in south-eastern Denmark. Turner passed the eastern side of Møn on his journey by boat from Kiel, the harbour north of Hamburg. Cecilia Powell writes that the artist departed Kiel for Copenhagen at 7.30 pm on Saturday 5 September, and ‘it must have been around dawn’ when Turner saw Møn.1 ‘Moen’ is inscribed at bottom centre. See also Tate D30830, D30832; Turner Bequest CCCV 5a, 6a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2015

1
Powell 1995, p.49.

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