Joseph Mallord William Turner

Vessels in Scarborough Harbour, Looking South from the Main Pier

c.1816–18

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 117 × 180 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D11926
Turner Bequest CL 10

Catalogue entry

This sketch records several vessels large and small in Scarborough harbour, as seen looking south from the main pier. In the background can be seen cliff-top buildings in the area of the present Grand Hotel. Elsewhere in this sketchbook Turner sketched almost exactly the same view beyond the boats (D11944; Turner Bequest CL 25) and more or less continued the same panorama to the left (D11942; Turner Bequest CL 23). Two or three small lightships are visible to left; and another appears in D11942. These lights ships were presumably lit in foggy conditions or as needs be at night, and towed out to mark the safe passage.
A stain running into the sheet from towards the right end of the gutter is not part of the artwork.
Verso:
Blank

David Hill
September 2008

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