About this artwork

The towering white cliffs dominate the beach at the right. The men in the rowing boat provide human interest and scale. Man's insignificance in the presence of imposing natural structures was a central theme of the Romantic movement in the arts. The dark foreground rocks emphasise the brightness of the chalk faces and this pattern of dark and light is echoed around the sweeping coastline where sky and sea eventually meet. This drawing relates to others the young Turner made while attending Dr Monro's evening 'Academy' in the 1790s.

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  • title:
    Beachy Head Looking towards Newhaven
  • accession number:
    D NG 855
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  • materials:
    Blue and grey washes over pencil on paper
  • date created:
    About 1794 - 1797
  • measurements:
    20.30 x 27.50 cm
  • credit line:
    Henry Vaughan Bequest 1900
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Joseph Mallord William Turner

Joseph Mallord William Turner