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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner View in Freshwater Bay 1795

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 40 Recto:
View in Freshwater Bay 1795
Turner Bequest XXIV 39
Pencil and watercolour on white wove paper, 204 x 264 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘39’ bottom left, descending vertically (now faint)
Stamped in black ‘XXIV 39’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Freshwater Bay lies considerably farther west than the villages of the Undercliff and its hinterland which Turner visited and recorded on the immediately preceding pages of this sketchbook. Cormack and Dearden suggest that a watercolour of the same spot in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (PD. 109–1950)1 is based on this drawing. It is a somewhat generalised version of the subject, in blue-grey washes over pencil, and stylistically can hardly be later than 1795; it seems to be by Edward Dayes (1763–1804). Another view of Freshwater Bay (untraced)2 was engraved by John Landseer for an unpublished work of about 1799.
The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally.
Cormack 1975, p.30 no.5, pl.5.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.319 no.178.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘View in Freshwater Bay 1795 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2012, 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-view-in-freshwater-bay-r1141025, accessed 20 January 2021.