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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Boats in Folkestone Harbour 1845

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 22 Recto:
Boats in Folkestone Harbour 1845
Turner Bequest CCCLVI 23
Watercolour on white wove paper, 230 x 328 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘23’ bottom right
Blind stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCCLVI–23’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is a watercolour sketch of various sailing-boats moored or perhaps in transit at Folkestone harbour. Rendered in purple-brown wash, the curving narrow profile of masts and sails appear silhouetted against the background. Turner has used the same wash to mark out much of the foreground, which is punctured towards the bottom by a diagonal sequence of red daubs of paint. The obscure form of a steamboat is rendered in pale yellow, its ubiquitous trail of steam dispersing into the overcast sky. For other works featuring steamboats in this sketchbook see folios 2, 3 and 18 recto (D35363, D35364, D35380).

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Boats in Folkestone Harbour 1845 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, June 2013, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-boats-in-folkestone-harbour-r1142162, accessed 17 January 2022.