Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Canteleu, Normandy

1832

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 174 x 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24002
Turner Bequest CCLIV 61 a

Catalogue entry

Turner filled the top half of this page with sketches of dense, riverside foliage, achieved with cursory zigzagging strokes of the pencil. The drawing in the middle of the page also appears to include a seated group huddled round a single standing figure. Though these passages are too sketchy for the identification of definite locations for the views described, neighbouring pages in the volume suggest that the spire surmounting the eminence in the top right-hand corner may belong to the Church of Saint-Martin on the plateau of Canteleu near Rouen. For a comparison, see the watercolour of Canteleu that Turner worked up around this time perhaps with a view to engraved reproduction; Tate D24643 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 78).

John Chu
July 2014

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