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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Piers at Folkestone Harbour, below St Mary and St Eanswythe's Church; Houses along the Stade 1825

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 9 Verso:
The Piers at Folkestone Harbour, below St Mary and St Eanswythe’s Church; Houses along the Stade 1825
D18858
Turner Bequest CCXIV 9a
Pencil on white wove paper, 95 x 155 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘w’ twice towards top centre, below houses
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the page turned horizontally, the setting is Folkestone, as tentatively suggested by Finberg.1 The main view is apparently from the seaward end of the eastern pier, with various gear and a winch, looking across the narrow harbour entrance. The harbour was subsequently much expanded, and the western arm beyond radically remodelled. On the right, St Mary and St Eanswythe’s Church stands high on the cliff to the west.
Along the top, the smaller view is likely north across the harbour back to houses lining the Stade, which do not survive; the repeated ‘w’ below them likely indicates white façades. There is a small study of sailing boats between the two prospects. This is among numerous sketches showing aspects of the harbour. The view towards the church on folio 10 recto opposite (D18859) is likely a partial reprise and continuation to the right of the present sketch, while folio 14 recto (D18867) shows a similar prospect from the western harbour arm. For Turner’s other Folkestone views in this book and elsewhere, see under folio 8 recto (D18855).

Matthew Imms
September 2020

1
See Finberg 1909, II, p,651.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘The Piers at Folkestone Harbour, below St Mary and St Eanswythe’s Church; Houses along the Stade 1825 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2020, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, March 2023, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-the-piers-at-folkestone-harbour-below-st-mary-and-st-r1202210, accessed 25 May 2024.