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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Figures on the Great Beach and Jarvis's Landing Place, Margate, with Rough Seas and a Rainbow c.1829-40

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Figures on the Great Beach and Jarvis’s Landing Place, Margate, with Rough Seas and a Rainbow c.1829–40
D24794
Turner Bequest monogram 229
Gouache and watercolour on blue wove paper, 140 x 189 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLXX 229’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The pale arc in the grey sky suggest a rainbow over the Thames Estuary to the north-west of Margate’s Great Beach, framing figures on the shore and on the jetty of Jarvis’s Landing Place. Some of them seem to be wearing fishermen’s clothing, as seen in some of the studies categorised elsewhere in this catalogue as ‘Figures on a Beach c.1826–45’. There seems to be an air of watchfulness, and perhaps the occasion is, as Finberg suggested, ‘Morning after the storm’.1 For more details of the setting, see the Introduction to this subsection.
1
Finberg 1909, II, p.803.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed in pencil ‘229’ top left.

Matthew Imms
August 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Figures on the Great Beach and Jarvis’s Landing Place, Margate, with Rough Seas and a Rainbow c.1829–40 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2016, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-figures-on-the-great-beach-and-jarviss-landing-place-margate-r1183882, accessed 28 September 2021.