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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Seashore Scene, with Figures and Boats c.1826-40

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Seashore Scene, with Figures and Boats c.1826–40
Turner Bequest CCLIX 245
Gouache and watercolour on blue wove paper, 139 x 193 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Inscribed in red ink ‘23’ (sic) bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLIX 245’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The miscellaneous group of figures here, which appears to include children, may be passengers embarking or disembarking from a sea voyage. Small boats and other figures are lightly indicated beyond. For other such scenes, see the Introduction.
As discussed there, this is one of the subjects of figures by the sea which Ian Warrell tentatively suggested as linked to Brighton around 1827, while noting that they could equally well show scenes in England or France on other occasions.1
See Warrell 1989, pp.120, 123 note 114.
Inscribed in pencil ‘D.24810’ bottom left.
There is a border of white paper or tape, indicating that the sheet was formerly mounted.

Matthew Imms
December 2015

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Seashore Scene, with Figures and Boats c.1826–40 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-seashore-scene-with-figures-and-boats-r1182581, accessed 13 April 2024.