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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Cliffs on a Channel Coast 1845

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 62 Recto:
Cliffs on a Channel Coast 1845
Turner Bequest CCCLXI 62
Pencil on white wove paper, 86 x 111 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘62’ top left, upside down
Stamped in black ‘CCCLXI – 62’ top left, upside down
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, unidentified Channel cliffs are shown. See the sketchbook’s Introduction for the many slight coastal views scattered through it.
The significance of the small separate sketch at the bottom left is unclear.
Technical notes:
There is some brown staining at the gutter, possibly indicating water damage in the 1928 Tate flood.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Cliffs on a Channel Coast 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-r1184015, accessed 24 January 2022.