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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Sketches on the Coast at Yarmouth c.1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 22 Verso:
Sketches on the Coast at Yarmouth c.1824
Turner Bequest CCIX 22a
Pencil on white wove paper, 115 x 118 mm
Watermarked ‘[al]lee | [18]19’
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Blue B[...]’, ‘Black S[...]’ and ‘Black W C[...] | or signal’ top centre to right (inverted), ‘G R[...] bottom left
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
These sketches were taken with the sketchbook turned upside down. They depict the coast at Yarmouth, Norfolk. At the uppermost register Turner records various buildings including a viewing platform raised on wooden stilts; the same structure is shown on Tate D18187; Turner Bequest CCIX 16a. He has annotated the drawings with inscriptions including colour notes (Blue B[...]’, ‘Black S[...]’ and ‘Black W C[...]’) and the word ‘signal’. The lower most sketch is a distant prospect of Yarmouth, with St Nicholas’ Church and the Nelson Monument at left surrounded by windmills (see Tate D18212; Turner Bequest CCIX 29). A small section of the view on the folio opposite (Tate D18200; Turner CCIX 23) is continued on this page at centre.
These drawings and others in the sketchbook (Tate D18176–D18179, D18212–D18214, D18217–D18221, D18223; Turner Bequest CCIX 11–12a, 29–30, 31a–33a, 34a) were developed into a finished watercolour of Yarmouth produced for the England and Wales series and engraved in 1829 (see Tate impression T04547).1 Turner also produced a watercolour of Yarmouth Sands for the East Coast scheme which was never engraved (see general introduction to this sketchbook.2

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2015

Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.394 no.810.
Wilton 1979, p.405 no.904.

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Sketches on the Coast at Yarmouth c.1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, August 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-sketches-on-the-coast-at-yarmouth-r1181081, accessed 17 January 2022.