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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Ruins at Richborough, with Ramsgate in the Distance; a Boat Sailing c.1830

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 39 Verso:
Ruins at Richborough, with Ramsgate in the Distance; a Boat Sailing c.1830
D35826
Turner Bequest CCCLXIII 38a
Pencil on white wove paper, 76 x 98 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Ramsgate Har’ top centre
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, at the top left is part of a drawing of Richborough Castle near Sandwich which continues across folio 40 recto opposite (D35827; Turner Bequest CCCLXIII 39), where the Roman ruins are seen. In this part the view is down the last meanderings of the River Stour towards Pegwell Bay, with Ramsgate on the Kent coast in the distance to the north-east; see under folio 6 verso (D35768).
With the page turned vertically, there is a quick study of a boat under sail, presumably along the river or off the nearby coast.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Ruins at Richborough, with Ramsgate in the Distance; a Boat Sailing c.1830 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 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-ruins-at-richborough-with-ramsgate-in-the-distance-a-boat-r1183787, accessed 04 July 2020.