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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Margate, with Figures and Boats on the Great Beach between the Pier and Fort Point c.1831-45

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Margate, with Figures and Boats on the Great Beach between the Pier and Fort Point c.1831–45
D34494
Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 133
Pencil on white laid paper, 172 x 154 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘R’ and ‘B’ on figures towards top left
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram above centre, centre and below centre
Inscribed in pencil ‘236’ bottom left of overall sheet
Inscribed in red ink ‘133’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCCXLIV 133’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
These three sketches, presumably made on the same occasion and separated by horizontal pencil lines, show figures at work and leisure on the Great Beach at Margate. The central one, with the sun low over the sea west of the stone pier and lighthouse, unusually makes use of smudging to suggest tone, while hatching adds solidity to the chalk cliffs of Fort Point, at the north-east end of the beach in the view at the bottom.

See under Tate D34337 (Turner Bequest CCCXLIII 36a) for closely related works in this Margate subsection and elsewhere.
Technical notes:
The partial watermark ‘mlett’ on the similar sheet Tate D34493 mentioned below likely indicates the Devon papermaker Edward Norish Tremlett, operating at various mills around Exeter between 1831 and 1856, in partnership with Dewdney between 1831 and 1833, and Charles Harris between 1833 and 1851.1
This and Tate D34493 and D34495 (Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 132, 134) are on tall, narrow halves of folded sheets (with notches at the head and foot of the fold) similar to several other once-folded bifolio sheets in this subsection and elsewhere, as discussed under Tate D34337 (Turner Bequest CCCXLIII 36a). The horizontal dimension of the half actually drawn on is 77 mm.
1
See ‘Exeter Working Papers in British Book Trade History; 7: The Devon paper trades: a biographical dictionary: Exeter’, Exeter Working Papers in Book History, accessed 4 May 2016, http://bookhistory.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/devon-paper-trades-exeter.html.
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Matthew Imms
August 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Margate, with Figures and Boats on the Great Beach between the Pier and Fort Point c.1831–45 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-margate-with-figures-and-boats-on-the-great-beach-between-r1183900, accessed 18 October 2021.