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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Rocky Coastal Terrain, Channel Islands ?1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 63 Recto:
Rocky Coastal Terrain, Channel Islands ?1832
Turner Bequest CCLII 63
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 187 mm
Partial watermark ‘YMAN | 28’
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘63’ top left, inverted
Stamped in black ‘CCLII – 63’ top left, inverted
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated, the small drawing in the top right-hand quadrant of this page depicts a view across the kind of steep and craggy coastal terrain that abounds in the Channel Islands. Sark Island, whose coast is one of subjects of particular study in this sketchbook, was described around the same time as ‘beset with numerous sunken as well as lofty rocks, apparently severed from the main land by some terrible convulsion of nature, and separated from it by narrow channels’.1

John Chu
April 2014

J.T. Cochrane, A Guide to the Island of Guernsey, St Peter Port 1826, p.139.

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Rocky Coastal Terrain, Channel Islands ?1832 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-rocky-coastal-terrain-channel-islands-r1175131, accessed 25 October 2021.