Joseph Mallord William Turner Calais from the Sea ?1826–7

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Title
Calais from the Sea
Date ?1826–7
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 171 x 240 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20218
Turner Bequest CCXX K
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These three watercolours are part of a group that Turner developed during or shortly after his tour, taking his subjects from his on-the-spot sketches, or working in colour over pencil outlines. As can be seen from the overlapping washes, the views of St-Vaast and Chateau d'Arques were once joined on the same sheet of paper. Turner later developed a watercolour of the St-Vaast setting, introducing numerous figures in the foreground engaged in jousting in boats (now in an American collection). Similarly, the simple sketch of Calais may have contributed to the view of the town from the sea in the oil painting Turner sent to the Royal Academy in 1827 (Manchester City Art Galleries).

September 2004