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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Cliffs 1845

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 13 Recto:
Cliffs 1845
Turner Bequest CCCLV 13
Chalk and pencil on blue wove paper, 186 x 70 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘13’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCCLV–13’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook orientated in accordance with the foliation there is a continuation of the rough sketches of cliffs from folio 12 verso opposite (D35357). There are also summary notations of clouds or perhaps wave formations in pencil and chalk. Some of these chalk jottings extend onto the pencil sketches of cliffs. A circle solidly filled in with white chalk at the centre towards the gutter of the sketchbook is likely to represent the sun.

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Cliffs 1845 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, June 2013, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-cliffs-r1142189, accessed 24 January 2021.