Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ambleteuse Fort

c.1826–30

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache, pen and ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 142 x 191 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24889
Turner Bequest CCLX 53

Catalogue entry

This is one of a batch of ink sketches of the coast of the English Channel between Calais and Boulogne on blue paper which can be dated on stylistic grounds to the later 1820s. The fort at Ambleteuse can be seen in the distance. The exact occasion of these studies is unknown although Turner specialist has suggested a link to an excursion from Calais on the return leg of the artist’s tour of Northern France in the autumn of 1826. 1 See the Introduction to this section for a list of these works.
1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, pp. 32, 253 note 86, 254 note 99.
Technical Notes:
The blue paper has faded to a light brown upon exposure to light, leaving a thin margin blue around the edge of the sheet.
Verso:
Blank

John Chu
March 2016

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