Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
View Looking out to Sea, with a Headland at the Right and a Distant Vessel 1801
Turner Bequest LIII 91
Pencil on white wove paper, 162 x 112 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘91’ top left, upside down
Stamped in black ‘LIII – 91’ top left, upside down
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.I, p.135 LIII 91 (as ‘Looking out to sea from the coast. Rocky promontory and vessels in distance’ c.1801).
Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this is a continuation of the drawing on folio 90 verso opposite (D02595
), under which the subject is discussed.
Although the double–page view appears effectively continuous, a leaf has been cut out leaving a stub between the two halves, and Turner appears to have avoided drawing all the way to the gutter; see the technical notes in the sketchbook’s Introduction for the various leaves extracted from it.
How to cite
Andrew Wilton, ‘View Looking out to Sea, with a Headland at the Right and a Distant Vessel 1801 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2013, revised by Matthew Imms, April 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-view-looking-out-to-sea-with-a-headland-at-the-right-and-a-r1178618, accessed 08 December 2021.