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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Figures on a Beach c.1826-40

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Figures on a Beach c.1826–40
Turner Bequest CCLX 104
Chalk on blue wove paper, 142 x 193 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Inscribed in red ink ‘104’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLX 104’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Finberg described the subject as ‘Watching the Waves’;1 the slight subject is perhaps less purposeful, with what appear to be at least two figures on the shore, with a small beached boat. See the Introduction for other examples of such scenes.
Finberg 1909, II, p.812.
Blank; inscribed by John Ruskin in pencil ‘52 | O’ bottom right.

Matthew Imms
December 2015

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Figures on a Beach c.1826–40 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 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-figures-on-a-beach-r1182591, accessed 13 April 2024.