Joseph Mallord William Turner

Waves Breaking, Scarborough

c.1816–18

In Tate Britain

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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
D11950
Turner Bequest CL 31

Catalogue entry

This sketch is the second study of breaking waves in this sketchbook, preceded (as folio 4) by D11951; Turner Bequest CL 32. It was probably taken from a similar viewpoint near the jetty of Scarborough Harbour, in this case looking north-east, out to sea. Finberg and Agnew’s drew attention to the similarity of the waves in these two sketches to those depicted in a finished watercolour of Scarborough dated 1818 (private collection).1 However, the resemblance is general rather than specific.
1
Wilton 1979, p.360 no.529.
Verso:
Blank, except for an inscription by ?John Ruskin in red ink ‘168 I’ bottom left (see notes to folio 3, D11945; Turner Bequest CL 26) , and by an unknown hand in blue pencil ‘225’ towards centre.

David Hill
September 2008

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