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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Two Sketches of Orfordness Lighthouse c.1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 42 Recto:
Two Sketches of Orfordness Lighthouse c.1824
D18238
Turner Bequest CCIX 42
Pencil on white wove paper, 115 x 118 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Here Turner studies the lighthouse at Orfordness on the Suffolk coast. Constructed in the 1790s, the lighthouse stands on a long shingle spit which spans from Orford to Aldeburgh where it links to the mainland. These sketches are preparatory material for the finished watercolour and gouache drawing on blue paper of Orfordness produced in around 1827 for the East Coast series (The Whitworth Art Gallery).1 See also Tate D18304–D18305; Turner Bequest CCIX 86a–87.

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2015

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.405 no.901.

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Two Sketches of Orfordness Lighthouse c.1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, August 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-two-sketches-of-orfordness-lighthouse-r1181120, accessed 23 January 2022.