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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Margate: Figures and Boats on the Great Beach with the Pier, Lighthouse and Jarvis's Landing Place c.1829-40

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Margate: Figures and Boats on the Great Beach with the Pier, Lighthouse and Jarvis’s Landing Place c.1829–40
D34326
Turner Bequest CCCXLIII 26
Chalk on blue wove paper, 148 x 230 mm
Inscribed in red ink ‘26’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCCXLIII – 26’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The view is west along Margate’s Great Beach, with boats beached and just off shore beside the jetty of Jarvis’s Landing Place, with the stone pier and lighthouse beyond. Some of the figures may have disembarked from or be awaiting the steamer seen up the Thames estuary in the distance. For more on the Margate setting, see the Introduction to this subsection.
Technical notes:
The left half of the top edge is irregular, presumably resulting from the sheet’s being torn from a larger one, as was Turner’s customary practice with blue paper; it did not preclude his using it for this quick study of so familiar a subject. Compare the deep blue of another Margate sheet (Tate D34336; Turner Bequest CCCXLIII 35).
Verso:
Blank; laid down. Inscribed on backing sheet in pencil ‘CCCXLIII’ bottom right.

Matthew Imms
August 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Margate: Figures and Boats on the Great Beach with the Pier, Lighthouse and Jarvis’s Landing Place 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-margate-figures-and-boats-on-the-great-beach-with-the-pier-r1183892, accessed 20 October 2021.