Joseph Mallord William Turner
Coutances 1826

Artwork details

Date 1826
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 230 x 363 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 59
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

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Turner is now known to have been in Cherbourg, at the tip of the Cotentin peninsula, on 9 September 1826. He stayed there at the Hotel de London, stating the purpose of his visit as 'pour depromener' (to go for walks), a suitably leisurely pursuit for someone who identified himself as a 'rentier' (someone of independent means). From Cherbourg he travelled on to Coutances and Granville, eventually arriving at Avranches, whence he made the excursion across to Mont St-Michel. Watercolours derived from his sketches are shown nearby.

August 2004