Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of Margate from the Sea, and a Man-of-War and Smaller Boats Offshore

c.1805–9

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 115 × 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06513
Turner Bequest XCIX 87

Catalogue entry

Finberg noted that this leaf was ‘found unnumbered’ (by John Ruskin) and listed it as ‘page 87’. In fact, the number ‘87’ inscribed in the top right corner looks like Ruskin’s writing and it is in his customary red ink (although he numbered the other leaves of this book in blue). The present leaf was inserted in the reconstituted sketchbook as folio 11, as noted by Edward Croft-Murray in a copy of Finberg in Tate’s Library, in order to align the sketch of a long stretch of coastline towards Margate across the top of the leaf with its continuation on folio 10 verso (D06374). Below is a separate sketch of a man-of-war dressed with flags and other vessels off the coast.
Verso:
Blank

David Blayney Brown
March 2009

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