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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Margate c.1816-18

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 16 Verso:
Margate circa 1816–18
Turner Bequest CXXXIX 16
Pencil on white wove paper, 129 x 205 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘chalk’ and ‘grass’ on cliffs to right of centre
Stamped in black ‘CXXXIX 16’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Drawn with the sketchbook inverted and continued on folio 17 (D10361), this careful view is taken from the beach looking across the bay towards the Marine Parade. The foreground is left largely empty, allowing Turner to develop different treatments of shipping and figures in his two watercolours, (Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut,1 engraved by George Cooke in 1824 for Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England; Ashmolean Museum, Oxford,2 engraved by Thomas Lupton for The Ports of England but only published in the later Harbours of England, 1856). Margate is one of the subjects, presumably for the Southern Coast, listed inside the front cover of the sketchbook (D40814).
The recto of this leaf is blank but inscribed in blue ink by ?John Ruskin ‘16’ and ‘315’.

David Blayney Brown
May 2011

Wilton 1979, p.353 no.470.
Ibid., pp.387–8 no.757.

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Margate c.1816–18 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2011, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-margate-r1131588, accessed 26 July 2021.