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 105
Chalk and watercolour on blue wove paper, 148 x 191 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Inscribed in red ink ‘105’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLX 105’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This slight sketch shows figures on a beach, apparently with a pier or breakwater on the left and perhaps a low cliff or promontory on the right. See the Introduction for other examples of such scenes.
Blank; inscribed by John Ruskin in pencil ‘52 | O’ bottom right (partly obscured); inscribed in pencil ‘D24941’ bottom left. There is a border of white paper or tape, indicating that the sheet was formerly mounted.

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-r1182592, accessed 13 April 2024.