J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

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Joseph Mallord William Turner A Chalk Cliff, Probably Fort Point, Margate, from the Great Beach c.1829-40

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Chalk Cliff, Probably Fort Point, Margate, from the Great Beach c.1829–40
D24812
Turner Bequest CCLIX 247
Gouache and watercolour on blue wove paper, 136 x 189 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLIX 247’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is perhaps a view north-east from the Great Beach at Margate, showing figures at leisure at the foot of the low chalk cliffs formerly marking Fort Point, which appear on the right of a definite blue paper drawing of the scene (Tate D20319; Turner Bequest CCXXIV 29). For more details of the likely setting, see the Introduction to this subsection.
Technical notes:
The colours have faded a little from prolonged display, especially the yellow sand except where the edge was protected by a mount.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by ?Turner in pencil ‘5 [...] 50’ bottom centre; inscribed in pencil ‘cclix 247’ towards bottom left; inscribed in pencil ‘cclix.247’ bottom right.

Matthew Imms
August 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A Chalk Cliff, Probably Fort Point, Margate, from the Great Beach c.1829–40 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2016, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-chalk-cliff-probably-fort-point-margate-from-the-great-r1183883, accessed 21 October 2021.