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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Sun and Clouds over the Sea, Perhaps at Margate 1845

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 106 Recto:
The Sun and Clouds over the Sea, Perhaps at Margate 1845
Turner Bequest CCCLXI 106
Pencil on white wove paper, 86 x 111 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Blue | [...]’ towards top right and ‘Sea Light’ bottom centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘106’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCCLXI – 106’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The studies of the sun and clouds over the sea on folios 105 recto–108 recto (D35677–D35783) and inside the back cover (D41151) were perhaps all made from the vicinity of Mrs Booth’s house in Margate, looking north over the beach, a favourite vantage point for the artist (see for example the group of ‘Margate Beach Scenes’ in the ‘Margate, London and Surrey c.1829–45’ section of this catalogue). The lighthouse on the adjacent pier may be shown in D35681, and neighbouring Droit House in D35683. For other Margate views, see under folio 99 verso (D35666).
Technical notes:
There is some brown staining at the gutter and at the edge, possibly indicating water damage in the 1928 Tate flood.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘The Sun and Clouds over the Sea, Perhaps at Margate 1845 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2016, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-the-sun-and-clouds-over-the-sea-perhaps-at-margate-r1184094, accessed 19 October 2021.