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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Seascape c.1822-3

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 4 Recto
Seascape c.1822–3
Turner Bequest CCII 4
Watercolour on white wove paper, 257 x 178 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘4’ bottom right
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCII–3’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This seascape is rendered swiftly with vigorous strokes of blue, green and grey wash. A mushrooming rain cloud looms at the left towards the blue streaked sky. As with the previous folio (Tate D17722; Turner Bequest CCII 3), the drawing is barely developed; simply a rough sketch of a compositional idea or quickly taken on the spot from the beach or boat. Similar handling can be found in Turner’s Skies sketchbook of about 1816–8 (Tate D12450–D12526; Turner Bequest CLVIII 2–69.

Alice Rylance-Watson
March 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Seascape c.1822–3 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-seascape-r1148293, accessed 17 June 2024.