Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bonaparte’s Column, Boulogne; Ambleteuse; Wimereux

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: 138 x 193 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24892
Turner Bequest CCLX 56

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. 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.
1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, pp. 32, 253 note 86, 254 note 99.
Verso:
Blank

John Chu
March 2016

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