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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Coastline of Belgium c.1806-10

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 10 Verso:
Coastline of Belgium circa 1806–10
Turner Bequest LXXXVII 30
Pencil on cream laid paper, 118 x 185 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘30’ top right, inverted
Stamped in black ‘LXXXVII 30’ top right, inverted
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Drawn with the sketchbook inverted and continued on folio 11 of this sketchbook (D05406; Turner Bequest LXXXVII 31), which Turner inscribed ‘Flushing’ and ‘Ostend’, this is a panoramic view of the coastline seen from offshore. Assuming the drawing dates from the same time as the others in the sketchbook, Turner must have made a trip across the North Sea to within sight of the shore despite the restrictions of the Napoleonic War.

David Blayney Brown
December 2005

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Coastline of Belgium c.1806–10 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 2005, 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-coastline-of-belgium-r1139171, accessed 19 May 2022.