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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Storm over Light-House: Port from the Sea, with Wharf c.1841-2

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Storm over Light-House: Port from the Sea, with Wharf c.1841–2
Turner Bequest CCLXXX 28
Pencil and watercolour on paper, 215 x 291 mm
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXX-31’ bottom right
Inscribed in red ink ‘28’ bottom right
Stamped with Turner Bequest monogram lower right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is one of thirteen loose sheets found grouped together, a number of which are believed to be ideas for compositions relating to the life of Napoleon; for more information see the Introduction to this section.
This unfinished study shows a lighthouse and wharf from the the sea, the sky grey and stormy. Jan Piggott has tentatively suggested that the port shown is Dutch, however this remains uncertain.1 It is also unclear whether the sheet represents a Napoleonic subject in line with some of the other studies catalogued within this section.
Piggott 1993, p.95.
Blank, save for some pale brown water or watercolour marks on the upper part of the sheet, and inscriptions: inscribed in pencil ‘CCLXXX. 28’ lower right.

Elizabeth Jacklin
September 2018

How to cite

Elizabeth Jacklin, ‘Storm over Light-House: Port from the Sea, with Wharf c.1841–2 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2018, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2019, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-storm-over-light-house-port-from-the-sea-with-wharf-r1195846, accessed 17 July 2024.