Margate

Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1840 possibly

LL 3440

About this object

Turner usually spent his summers travelling in Europe. He had been unwell in 1837 and unable to make his annual tour abroad. Instead he spent the summer in Margate, Kent. He made several sketches of the area which he used for later works.

It is not known why Turner made this unfinished vignette. It may have been designed for an unrecorded project or simply the beginning of an idea. The circular brush marks used to build up the water in the foreground demonstrate how Turner achieved the sense of movement and depth in his marine scenes.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Joseph Mallord William Turner (British: English, born:probably 23 April 1775, died:19 December 1851)
  • Date
    1840 possibly
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Pencil; Wove paper
  • Measurements
    paper: 21.6 cm x 16.6 cm
  • Physical description
    A vignette illustration of a sunset over the sea. Land and buildings are visible in the distance. There is a boat on the viewer's left hand side of the image and a buoy to the right. The design fades out into the paper. The letters M, A and R can be made out centrally beneath the image on the paper.
  • Related people
    F Hughes (Previous owner); Thomas Hughes (Previous owner); T S Kennedy (Previous owner); William Hesketh Lever (Previous owner); Charles Stokes (Previous owner); Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    Out of Use Accession Number: WHL 4398
  • Credit line
    Purchased by William Hesketh Lever in 1922
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Lady Lever Art Gallery collections

Explore related

Publications

  • British Watercolours and Drawings: Lord Leverhulme's Collection in the Lady Lever Art Gallery

    Jessica Feather

    Author: Jessica Feather
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press & National Museums Liverpool
    Date: 2010
    Description: Lord Leverhulme's Collection catalogue of Watercolours and Drawings in the Lady Lever Art Gallery

Ownership

Previous owners

  • William Hesketh Lever

    Owned from: 1922
    How acquired: Bought from Sotheby's on 28 November 1922, Lot 23, by Gooden and Fox for Lever
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • F Hughes

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Inherited from Thomas Hughes
    Owned until: 1922
    Disposal method: Sold at Sotheby's on 28 November 1922, Lot 123
  • Thomas Hughes

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Left to Mrs F Hughes after death
  • T S Kennedy

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1895
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Charles Stokes

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: M A R
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Lower; Centre
  • Inscription text: 4
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Lower right
Object view = Fine Art
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