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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A View along the ?Kent Coast c.1798

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A View along the ?Kent Coast c.1798
D00701
Turner Bequest XXVIII P
Pencil and watercolour on white wove paper, 211 x 270 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘XXVIII – P’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Finberg recorded the conjecture that this is a view in Kent, or possibly the Isle of Wight.1 Although there are resemblances here to the south coast of the Isle of Wight, stylistically the drawing can hardly have been made as early as 1795, the only time that Turner travelled in the island, and so Kent seems more likely: the view may be somewhere in the neighbourhood of Margate.
1
A.J. Finberg (died 1939), undated MS note in interleaved copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, opposite p.58.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by ?John Ruskin in pen and ink ‘126’, and in a later hand in pencil ‘28’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘A View along the ?Kent Coast c.1798 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-view-along-the-kent-coast-r1174952, accessed 21 October 2021.