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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Cliffs on a Channel Coast, Possibly with the Isle of Wight 1845

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 12 Recto:
Cliffs on a Channel Coast, Possibly with the Isle of Wight 1845
D35509
Turner Bequest CCCLXI 12
Pencil on white wove paper, 86 x 111 mm
Watermark ‘W King | 1842’
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘[?IoW]’ or ‘[?low]’ towards bottom left, ascending vertically
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘12’ top left, upside down
Stamped in black ‘CCCLXI – 12’ top left, upside down
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Inverted relative to the sketchbooks foliation is a horizon line briefly continued from the view of cliffs on folio 11 verso opposite (D35508). At the outer edge with the page turned vertically is a slight view of what appear to be coastal features, possibly inscribed above ‘IoW’ for Isle of Wight or simple ‘low’ (see also folio 10 recto; D35505). See the sketchbook’s Introduction for the many slight coastal views and inscribed studies of clouds and the sun over the sea scattered through it.
Technical notes:
There is some brown staining at the gutter, possibly indicating water damage in the 1928 Tate flood.
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
September 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Cliffs on a Channel Coast, Possibly with the Isle of Wight 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-cliffs-on-a-channel-coast-possibly-with-the-isle-of-wight-r1183934, accessed 22 April 2021.