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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?East Wear Bay, Folkestone c.1821-2

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 4 Verso:
?East Wear Bay, Folkestone c.1821–2
Turner Bequest CXCVIII 4a
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 187 mm
Partial watermark ‘T Edm | 18’
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Composed with the page inverted relative to the foliation of the sketchbook, these drawings appear to chart the continuation of a boat trip around the southern coast of Kent begun two pages previously on folio 3 recto (D17211).1 The towering height of the cliffs fill the page and gestural, erratic lines cascade down in an indication of jagged rocks.
There are two additional sketches here, made with the page turned vertically. The topmost of these is extremely brief, and amounts to an abbreviated impression of a particular cliff in profile. Eric Shanes has speculated whether the second of these vertical sketches, rendered in more detail and elaborating on the topography of the local coastline, might be a view of East Wear Bay in Folkestone.2 He relates it to one of a group of ‘colour beginnings’, titled Cliffs near Dieppe (Tate D25425; Turner Bequest CCLXIII 302) along with another, later cliff view in the present sketchbook, on folio 33 verso (D17263).3
Finberg 1909, I, p.604.
Shanes 1997, p.94 appendix I under ‘Cliffs’.
Technical notes:
The yellow wash applied to the edges of the sketchbook is particularly evident here, having bled inwards slightly.

Maud Whatley
January 2016

How to cite

Maud Whatley, ‘?East Wear Bay, Folkestone c.1821–2 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2016, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, February 2017, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-east-wear-bay-folkestone-r1184487, accessed 19 October 2021.