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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Studies of Margate c.1805-9

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 9 Verso:
Studies of Margate circa 1805–9
Turner Bequest XCIX 9a
Pencil on off-white wove paper, 115 x 190 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
There are two sketches of Margate on this leaf, above a general view towards Fort Hill with Hooper’s Mill on the right and the beach, pier and net stores in the foreground, and below a detail of a wooden structure probably used for drying nets and sails. As first observed by Andrew Wilton to Butlin and Joll, these relate to the unfinished oil known as Margate, Setting Sun (Tate N02700)1 which is of a similar view and has the same structure prominent in the left foreground. Eric Shanes points out that in fact the picture depicts dawn.2

David Blayney Brown
March 2009

Butlin and Joll 1984, p.119 no.174 (pl.174).
The writer is grateful to Eric Shanes for sharing material in preparation for his forthcoming biography of Turner.

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Studies of Margate c.1805–9 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2009, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-studies-of-margate-r1130559, accessed 23 January 2022.