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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Boats in Folkestone Harbour, below St Mary and St Eanswythe's Church 1825

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 9 Recto:
Boats in Folkestone Harbour, below St Mary and St Eanswythe’s Church 1825
D18857
Turner Bequest CCXIV 9
Pencil on white wove paper, 95 x 155 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘9’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCXIV – 9’ bottom left, descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the page turned horizontally, the view is west along the Stade above the harbour at Folkestone, as tentatively suggested by Finberg,1 with boats apparently beached at low tide, overlooked by St Mary and St Eanswythe’s Church on the cliff beyond. Nothing survives of the houses in the foreground, continued at the top right, while the harbour was later considerably expanded and redeveloped. This is among numerous sketches showing aspects of the harbour. For Turner’s other Folkestone views in this sketchbook and elsewhere, see under the comparable view on folio 8 recto (D18855).

Matthew Imms
September 2020

1
See Finberg 1909, II, p,651.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Boats in Folkestone Harbour, below St Mary and St Eanswythe’s Church 1825 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2020, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, March 2023, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-boats-in-folkestone-harbour-below-st-mary-and-st-eanswythes-r1202209, accessed 25 May 2024.