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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. Turner’s inscriptions allow us to identify the scenes, from top to bottom, as the monument of Napoleon outside Boulogne, and the towns of Ambleteuse and Wimereux up the coast to the north. 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.
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, pp. 32, 253 note 86, 254 note 99.