Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Tynemouth, Northumberland


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Chalk and watercolour on paper
Support: 303 × 485 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 155

Catalogue entry

This colour study has been proposed by Eric Shanes as relating to the lost watercolour cf watercolour Tynemouth, Northumberland of about 1829 (destroyed by fire, 1962),1 engraved in 1831 for the Picturesque Views in England and Wales (Tate impressions: T04572, T04573, T06092).2 The watercolour shows the view north across Prior’s Haven on the north bank of the Tyne Estuary, as shown in Turner’s 1797 North of England sketchbook (Tate D00942; Turner Bequest XXXIV 35), a watercolour of about that date (Tate D00891; Turner Bequest XXXIII T) and Tynemouth Priory of about 1818 or later (Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery).3
While a second study related by Shanes to the finished composition (Tate D25245; Turner Bequest CCLXIII 123) appears close to it in various aspects of form and colour, the present work is much more diffuse and exploratory, and beyond the sense of a storm on the right over rising ground in the distance to the left, there is little to tie it directly to the England and Wales design, and the identification is likely to remain unproven.
See also the introductions to the present subsection of identified subjects and the overall England and Wales ‘colour beginnings’ grouping to which this work has been assigned.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, pp.396–7 no.827, reproduced.
Shanes 1997, pp.96, 105.
Ibid., p.362 no.545, reproduced, as c.1818; Eric Shanes, Turner’s England 1810–38, London 1990, p.149, reproduced in colour, as c.1825.
Blank (laid down and not examined).

Matthew Imms
March 2013

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