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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner On the Front at Brighton, with Chain Pier c.1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 20 Recto:
On the Front at Brighton, with Chain Pier c.1824
Turner Bequest CCX 20
Pencil on white wove paper, 75 x 118 mm
Inscribed in blue ink by Ruskin ‘20’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CCX 20’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
In this detailed drawing Turner pictures the seafront at Brighton, with the then recently erected Chain Pier rendered in the distance (see Tate D18335, D18343, D18345, D18355, D24836, N02064; Turner Bequest CCX 14a, 20, 21, 27, CCLIX 271). Fishing boats are moored on the beach in the foreground.
For further sketches of Brighton in this book see Tate D18344, D18347–D18350, D18353–D18365, D18369–D18371; Turner Bequest CCX 20a, 22–23a, 25a–33a, 35a–36a. See also Turner’s design Brighthelmstone, produced for Cooke’s Picturesque Views of the Southern Coast of England and published in 1825 (Tate impression T05289 and Tate D18469; Turner Bequest CCX 88).

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2015

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘On the Front at Brighton, with Chain Pier c.1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, August 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-on-the-front-at-brighton-with-chain-pier-r1181228, accessed 19 April 2021.