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 14 Recto:
Folkestone Harbour, below St Mary and St Eanswythe’s Church 1825
Turner Bequest CCXIV 14
Pencil on white wove paper, 95 x 155 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘14’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCXIV – 14’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the page turned horizontally, the view is of Folkestone, as tentatively suggested by Finberg,1 looking west over the harbour towards St Mary and St Eanswythe’s Church on the cliff beyond (now wooded). The viewpoint appears to be just beside the mast at the seaward end of the western harbour arm, with a continuation to the right at the top of houses along the Stade to the north, which do not survive. The basin was later considerably expanded and redeveloped.
This is among numerous sketches showing aspects of the harbour. Folios 9 verso and 10 recto (D18858–D18859) show similar prospects from the eastern pier, while folio 16 verso (D18872) shows the end of the western arm from a little further south. For Turner’s other Folkestone views in this sketchbook and elsewhere, see under the view along the Stade 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-r1202219, accessed 24 June 2024.