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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?Jarvis's Landing Place, Margate c.1829-45

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
?Jarvis’s Landing Place, Margate c.1829–45
Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 210
Watercolour on white wove paper, 188 x 275 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Inscribed in red ink ‘210’ top left, upside down
Stamped in black ‘CCCLXIV – 210’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Described by Finberg as a ‘river’ subject,1 this ‘colour beginning’ evokes a rough structure, which may be the wooden causeway and railings of the somewhat ramshackle Jarvis’s Landing Place, which ran north across the Great Beach at Margate and out along a jetty into the sea. It is seen clearly in several of the more conventional drawings in the present subsection, and in the background of a watercolour study (Tate D36017; Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 173).
The cursory treatment perhaps evokes the wet beach in the foreground, with waves, clouds or even the smoke from a steamer beyond. If not Margate, the subject may be a groyne or breakwater witnessed elsewhere or recalled in the studio.
Finberg 1909, II, p.1190.
Blank; stamped in black with Turner Bequest monogram over ‘CCCLXIV – 210’ bottom right; inscribed in pencil ‘D.36056’ bottom right.

Matthew Imms
August 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘?Jarvis’s Landing Place, Margate c.1829–45 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-jarviss-landing-place-margate-r1183907, accessed 18 October 2021.