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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Well-Dressed Figures; A Rocky Coast, ?Channel Islands ?1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 57 Verso:
Well-Dressed Figures; A Rocky Coast, ?Channel Islands ?1832
Turner Bequest CCLII 57a
Pencil white wove paper, 187 x 114 mm
Partial watermark ‘J. JELL | 18’
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘[...]oy’ centre left
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned vertically, Turner worked two cursory drawings of figures gathered in a small room or nook onto this page. If this implies a modest interior, the tall hats and wide poke bonnets of the figures suggest a well-to-do company. At the bottom of the page is a view of distant jagged cliffs of a kind typical of Sark Island which were the subject of extensive study in this part of the volume. Sark could not accommodate tourists in ‘regular lodging houses or inns’, although ‘the stranger’ to these parts was assured that they would ‘find good reception under the humble roof of a Serk [sic] cottage’.1

John Chu
April 2014

J.T. Cochrane, A Guide to the Island of Guernsey, St Peter Port 1826, p.142.

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Well-Dressed Figures; A Rocky Coast, ?Channel Islands ?1832 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-well-dressed-figures-a-rocky-coast-channel-islands-r1175120, accessed 16 October 2021.