Joseph Mallord William Turner

Creux Harbour, Sark Island


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Graphite on paper
Support: 187 x 114 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLII 58

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned vertically, Turner filled this page with two or more views of the rocky coastal terrain in and around Sark Island. As identified by Turner’s note on the right-hand side of the page, the sketches in the top half of the page were taken at Creux on the south-east coast of the island, at which ‘romantic spot’ a small summer harbour had been established.1 This tiny bay constitutes one of the volume’s major preoccupations, and recurs on folios 63 verso (D23640; Turner Bequest CCLII 63a); 64 recto (D23641; Turner Bequest CCLII 64); 65 recto (D23643; Turner Bequest CCLII 65); 66 recto to 69 recto (D23645–D23651; Turner Bequest CCLII 66–9).

John Chu
April 2014

J.T. Cochrane, A Guide to the Island of Guernsey, St Peter Port 1826, p.139.

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