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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Buildings on Coast ?at or near Yarmouth c.1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 17 Recto:
Buildings on Coast ?at or near Yarmouth c.1824
Turner Bequest CCIX 17
Pencil on white wove paper, 115 x 118 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘[?Caister Church]’ bottom left (inverted); ‘Sky [?in] W [?Storm]’ ‘R’, ‘Blue’ top right (inverted)
Inscribed in red ink by John Ruskin ‘17’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned upside down, here Turner has drawn two coastal views across the page. The uppermost prospect shows the same buildings as are depicted on the folio opposite (Tate D18187; Turner Bequest CCIX 16a). Below, Turner depicts the beach with a shrimp boat moored at centre and the coastline beyond. The artist has annotated the drawing ‘Sky in W [?Wind] Storm’. At top right there is a diminutive sketch of buildings which appears to have been inscribed ‘Caister Church’. Caister is a few kilometres north of Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, so it may be that Turner indeed pictures the coastline at or near this coastal town.

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2015

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Buildings on Coast ?at or near Yarmouth c.1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, August 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-buildings-on-coast-at-or-near-yarmouth-r1181070, accessed 21 August 2019.