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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Cliffs at Seaton Hole 1811

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 59 Recto:
Cliffs at Seaton Hole 1811
Turner Bequest CXXIII 56b
Pencil on white wove writing paper, 75 x 117 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Seaton’ centre right
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘56b’ bottom right, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CXXIII – 56b’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The view is to the south-west from the beach west of Seaton, South Devon, with shallow mudstone cliffs on the right, and high chalk ones on the left, the viewpoint for a prospect over Seaton towards Axmouth on folio 61 verso (D08480; CXXIII 58a). There is a sketch of Axmouth on the verso of the present leaf (D08476).
Seaton appears in the annotated list of banknotes on folio 253 verso (D40905).
Technical notes:
There is some ink offsetting from the inscription on folio 58 verso opposite (D08474; CXXIII 56a).

Matthew Imms
June 2011

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Cliffs at Seaton Hole 1811 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2011, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-cliffs-at-seaton-hole-r1136952, accessed 01 March 2021.