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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Travellers on a Beach with Luggage and Parasols c.1826-40

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Travellers on a Beach with Luggage and Parasols c.1826–40
D24627
Turner Bequest CCLIX 62
Gouache, pencil and watercolour on blue wove paper, 138 x 189 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Inscribed in red ink ‘62’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLIX 62’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This drawing, focusing on a standing man addressing a seated woman, seems to show a small group of travellers with their luggage on a beach or quay, presumably awaiting embarkation for a sea voyage.
As discussed in the Introduction, this is one of the subjects of figures by the sea which Ian Warrell tentatively suggested as linked to Brighton around 1827, while noting that they could equally well show scenes in England or France on other occasions.1
There is another beach scene on the verso (D40106).

Matthew Imms
December 2015

1
See Warrell 1989, pp.120, 123 note 114.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Travellers on a Beach with Luggage and Parasols c.1826–40 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-travellers-on-a-beach-with-luggage-and-parasols-r1182568, accessed 13 April 2024.