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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Wooded ?River Landscapes; a Girl Washing and other Figures with a Telescope on a Seashore, Perhaps at Margate c.1829-30

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 56 Verso:
Wooded ?River Landscapes; a Girl Washing and other Figures with a Telescope on a Seashore, Perhaps at Margate c.1829–30
D22529
Turner Bequest CCXLI 56a
Pencil on gilt-edged pink wove paper, 113 x 89 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Girl washing | Tide coming in’ bottom centre, upside down
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Across the top and middle of the page are two wooded landscapes, perhaps showing aspects of a river valley; these continue across folio 57 recto opposite (D22530). See the Introduction for similar drawings elsewhere in the sketchbook.
Below, inverted relative to the other two, is a slight but characterful sketch of figures on a beach, as indicated by Turner’s note of the tide. Like other such figures in the book, these were perhaps observed at Margate (see the Introduction).

Matthew Imms
May 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Wooded ?River Landscapes; a Girl Washing and other Figures with a Telescope on a Seashore, Perhaps at Margate c.1829–30 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-wooded-river-landscapes-a-girl-washing-and-other-figures-r1148421, accessed 25 January 2022.