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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Deal from the Beach, with Signal Flags c.1816-19

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 30 Verso:
Deal from the Beach, with Signal Flags circa 1816–19
Turner Bequest CXL 27a
Pencil on white wove paper, 155 x 95 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This view looking northwards along the beach is rather similar to the one Turner used for his watercolour (Deal Town Hall)1 engraved by William Radclyffe in 1826 for Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England. It shows the signal flags Turner depicted in the watercolour. However, the resemblance may be coincidental and this may not be quite the same stretch of the long beach. For other drawings of Deal in this sketchbook, including buildings shown in more detail, see folios 33 and 40–1 (D10466, D10580–D10582; Turner Bequest CXL 30, 87–8). .

David Blayney Brown
July 2011

Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.355 no.481.

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Deal from the Beach, with Signal Flags c.1816–19 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 2011, 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-deal-from-the-beach-with-signal-flags-r1131449, accessed 20 March 2019.