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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Coastal Terrain c.1820-30

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Coastal Terrain c.1820–30
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 15
Watercolour on white wove paper, 313 x 432 mm
Inscribed by John Turner in red ink ‘15’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLXIII – 15’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is one of a large number of sketches on loose sheets of paper depicting coastal terrain and seagoing vessels in various combinations. Turner specialist Eric Shanes has suggested a connection between this particular study and the oil painting The Evening Star (National Gallery, London).1 For the grouping and dating of these works to the middle and later periods of Turner’s career, see the section introduction.
Eric Shanes, Turner’s Watercolour Explorations 1810–1842, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.100.
Technical Notes:
Tears along the right-hand edge of the sheet.
Small patches of watercolour across the sheet.

John Chu
June 2015

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Coastal Terrain c.1820–30 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-coastal-terrain-r1182784, accessed 25 February 2021.