Joseph Mallord William Turner

Brest, Brittany

1826

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 105 x 167 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23040
Turner Bequest CCXLVII 16 a

Display caption

This book covers Turner's journey from Morlaix, on the north coast of Brittany, to Nantes, near the estuary of the Loire. It does not seem that he made many sketches between Mont St-Michel and his arrival in Morlaix. Those that can be identified are his annotations on his map of Brittany (no.10). Perhaps because of unsettled weather, his method of sketching was not as attentive and careful as on earlier tours, at least until he got as far as Nantes. For example, given the slightness of this sketch of the harbour at Brest, it is remarkable that Turner should have thought of using it as the basis for the large oil painting hanging nearby (no.99).

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

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