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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Folkestone Harbour, below St Mary and St Eanswythe's Church 1825

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 10 Recto:
Folkestone Harbour, below St Mary and St Eanswythe’s Church 1825
Turner Bequest CCXIV 10
Pencil on white wove paper, 95 x 155 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘w’, ‘w’, ‘y’ and ‘w’ towards bottom right, below houses and boats
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘10’ top right, ascending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCXIV – 10’ top right, ascending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the page turned horizontally, the view is west across the harbour at Folkestone, as tentatively suggested by Finberg,1 with a few boats overlooked by St Mary and St Eanswythe’s Church on the cliff beyond. It is probably a partial reprise and continuation to the right of the more southerly view from the eastern pier on folio 9 verso opposite (D18858). Few if any of the houses survive, while the harbour was later considerably expanded and redeveloped. The rugged cliff is now wooded. The letters below the houses indicate the colours of individual frontages, presumably white and yellow. Folio 14 recto (D18867) shows a similar prospect from the western harbour arm.
This is among numerous sketches showing aspects of the harbour. For Turner’s other Folkestone views in this sketchbook and elsewhere, see under the comparable view on folio 8 recto (D18855).

Matthew Imms
September 2020

See Finberg 1909, II, p,651.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Folkestone Harbour, below St Mary and St Eanswythe’s Church 1825 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2020, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, March 2023, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-folkestone-harbour-below-st-mary-and-st-eanswythes-church-r1202211, accessed 14 June 2024.