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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Channel Cliffs, ?with Figures on a Beach 1845

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 78 Recto:
Channel Cliffs, ?with Figures on a Beach 1845
Turner Bequest CCCLXI 78
Pencil on white wove paper, 86 x 111 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘78’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCCLXI – 78’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Assuming this is a single view, there are high cliffs, presumably on a Channel coast, in the background, with loose forms in the foreground apparently including at least one figure, possibly carrying a bag or basket on its back.
The drawing continues a little way onto folio 77 verso opposite (D35623). See the sketchbook’s Introduction for the many slight coastal views scattered through it.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Channel Cliffs, ?with Figures on a Beach 1845 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 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-channel-cliffs-with-figures-on-a-beach-r1184040, accessed 28 May 2022.