Joseph Mallord William Turner

Alderney Island; Fortifications, ?Channel Islands or Normandy

?1832

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 187 x 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23606
Turner Bequest CCLII 46 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned vertically, Turner filled this page with small sketches of distant coastal land-masses. The bottom half of the page depicts the profiles of overlapping cliffs and headlands of a type that abounds in the Channel Islands and the Normandy coast. The island at the top left-hand corner of the page is identified by Turner’s note as Alderney, which lies within sight of Guernsey’s east coast. The two sketches immediately below depict a fortification with towers overlooking an expanse of water.

John Chu
April 2014

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