Joseph Mallord William Turner

Cotentin, Normandy; Executors’ Notes

1826

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 91 x 131 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D41071

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the upper half of this page with a study of the coastal terrain and architecture which he encountered as he travelled around the Cotentin Peninsula of Normandy. See the sketchbook introduction for the major sites of the region recorded in this volume. Diagrammatic form, perhaps depicting a plan, is featured in the lower half of the page.
Turner’ executors subsequently inscribed the page with their endorsements. All these run vertically down the right-hand side of the page. Henry Scott Trimmer signed his name in ink and left the note ‘no 240 | Containing 62 Leaves | Pencil sketches almost | all on both sides -’. Charles Turner signed his name in ink; Charles Lock Eastlake and John Prescott Knight left their initialled in pencil.

John Chu
May 2015

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