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Title:

Yarmouth Sands

Maker:

Turner, Joseph Mallord William; draughtsman; British artist, 1775-1851

Category:

drawing

Name:

drawing

Date:

circa 1824 1830

School/Style:

British

Technique:

watercolour

Material(s):

watercolour; medium
bodycolour; medium
paper; support; blue

Technique
Description:

watercolour and bodycolour on blue paper

Dimension(s):

height, 185, mm
width, 245, mm

Acquisition:

given; 1861; Ruskin, John

Notes:

This appears to be one of a group of eleven designs and associated drawings conceived as a series of 'Picturesque Views on the East Coast of England'. The series may have been intended as a sequel to the 'Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England' (1814-26), although no such series was ever published. This watercolour seems likely to have been painted around 1830. The scene depicts, on the right, the first Nelson Column to be erected in England, in 1817-19, designed by the architect William Wilkins. The sailors on the sand below are shown explaining the position of Nelson’s fleet at the four key victories commemorated on the column: Cape St Vincent, Aboukir (The Nile), Copenhagen and Trafalgar. Ruskin described this as a, ‘Drawing of the middle time in bodycolour. Highest possible quality’. (Text from the 'Ruskin's Turners' Exhibition Website).

Inscription:

; verso; graphite; NELSON'S COL (....) Yar...

Exhibition(s):

Documentation:

Ruskin, John. Cook, E.T.. Wedderburn, Alexander. Works.p. 558

Cormack, Malcolm. 1975. J.M.W. Turner, R.A. 1775-1851; a catalogue of Drawings and Watercolours in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Pressp. 49-50
cat. no. 22, pl. 22 (black and white)

Wilton, Andrew. 1979. The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner.London?:
no. 904 as 'c. 1830'

Thornbury, Walter. 1876. The Life of J.M.W Turner, R.A. (Thornbury).London?: p. 593
where picture is called 'Sailors illustrating Trafalgar by models of the ships' and describes as unpublished

Accession:

Object Number: 576
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(record id: 13945; input: 2000-10-09; modified: 2010-03-25)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/13945





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