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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Rocky Coastal Terrain, Sark Island ?1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 72 Verso:
Rocky Coastal Terrain, Sark Island ?1832
Turner Bequest CCLII 72a
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 187 mm
Partial watermark ‘J. JELL | 18’
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Sark’ centre, ‘A[...]g of [...]x’ centre left
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner filled this page with multiple sketches of the kind of steep and craggy coastal terrain that abounds in the Channel Islands. Sark Island, the name of which is inscribed at the centre of the page, 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, Sark Island ?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-sark-island-r1175150, accessed 16 January 2021.