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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

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

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 12 Recto:
Folkestone Harbour, below St Mary and St Eanswythe’s Church 1825
Turner Bequest CCXIV 12
Pencil on white wove paper, 95 x 155 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘12’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCXIV – 12’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the page turned horizontally, the view is to the south-west over the harbour at Folkestone, as tentatively suggested by Finberg.1 St Mary and St Eanswythe’s Church stands on the cliff beyond, and there is a continuation at the top left showing the end of the western harbour arm; the basin was later considerably expanded and redeveloped with an additional pier extending into the sea beyond. The viewpoint is elevated, and apparently somewhere off what is now Wear Bay Road, following Turner’s ascent of the low cliffs to the east on folio 11 verso opposite (D18863).
This is among numerous sketches showing aspects of the harbour. For Turner’s other Folkestone views in this sketchbook and elsewhere, see under the view from the harbour itself towards the church 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-r1202215, accessed 26 May 2024.