The Pocket Magazine: an introduction

Turner made sixteen watercolours for 'The Pocket Magazine, or Elegant Repository of Useful and Entertaining Literature', published by Harrison & Co of Paternoster Row, London in monthly parts, from no.1 for August 1794. The monthly parts were published in arrears, so that for August appeared in September, and so on. Pocket Magazine, No.1, August 1794Photograph … Continue reading The Pocket Magazine: an introduction

Tower of London, c.1794

Pencil and watercolour, 70 x 115 mm,   2 3/4 x 4 1/2 ins, mounted in the artist's original washline border. Inscribed lower right, "Turner" and on label, 'Tower of London by Turner RA/ presented by him to Flaxman the Sculptor and purchased at his sale' and 'Purchased at Grundy sale Oct/87 No.134'. Sterling and Francine … Continue reading Tower of London, c.1794

Introduction: The Copper-Plate Magazine

Between c.1793 and c.1794 Turner made fifteen watercolours for engraving in 'The Copper-Plate Magazine' published in parts by Harrison & Co of Paternoster Row, London in partnership with the engraver John Walker. Each part consisted of two copper-plate engravings, together with a page of descriptive and historical text. The first part of the project was … Continue reading Introduction: The Copper-Plate Magazine

Rochester, seen across the River Medway, c.1793

Pencil and watercolour on paper, 216 x 281 mm, 8 1/2 x 11 ins Inscribed: Lower right, in a distinctive script, 'Turner'. USA, Massachusetts, Williamstown, Sterling and Francine Clark Institute Turner catalogues: Wilton no.87; tdb237 This is a medium-sized studio watercolour depicting two single-masted seagoing cabin vessels moored in the centre foreground, near some trees … Continue reading Rochester, seen across the River Medway, c.1793

Chepstow Bridge and Castle. Called ‘Chepstow Castle’, c.1793

Watercolour on paper, 203 x 297 mm, 8 x 11 5/8 ins Inscribed lower left: 'Turner' Courtauld Institute of Art Galleries, University of London (1.74) Turner catalogues: Wilton no.88; tdb0238 This is a medium-sized studio watercolour showing the view from downstream of a wooden bridge springing right from the far bank of a broad river, … Continue reading Chepstow Bridge and Castle. Called ‘Chepstow Castle’, c.1793

Dunstanburgh Castle from the South, Northumberland [Dunstanborough], c.1798

Newcastle, Laing Art Gallery Bodycolour, pencil, watercolour and scratching out on paper support: 349 x 483 mm, 13 3/4 x 19 ins Turner catalogues: Wilton0284; tdb0023 This is a substantial, finished studio watercolour of a rocky coastal scene with waves breaking onshore from the right. In the foreground are rearing, jagged rocks, beyond which a … Continue reading Dunstanburgh Castle from the South, Northumberland [Dunstanborough], c.1798