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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Whitby Abbey and Cliffs, from the North 1801

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 83 Verso:
Whitby Abbey and Cliffs, from the North 1801
D02746
Turner Bequest LIV 83a
Pencil, watercolour and gouache on white wove paper prepared with a mauve-pink ground, 115 x 164 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the drawing is continued on folio 84 recto opposite (D02747). This is the most elaborately worked up of the studies in this sketchbook, making use of a subtle orchestration of colour and scraped highlights on the mauve-pink ground common to most of its pages. It is the first of the long sequence of sketches on the Yorkshire coast between Scarborough and Whitby running on to folio 98 verso (D02746–D02776).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Whitby Abbey and Cliffs, from the North 1801 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2013, 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-whitby-abbey-and-cliffs-from-the-north-r1178932, accessed 17 October 2021.