Joseph Mallord William Turner

Creux Harbour, Sark Island


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 114 x 187 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLII 68 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated, the sketches with which Turner filled this page depict Creux on the south-east coast of Sark where a small summer harbour had been established. The left-hand side of the page is dominated by the ‘almost perpendicular cliffs which overhang and surround’ this ‘romantic spot’; at the base of these high rocks can be seen the opening of the small tunnel, excavated to give access to the island’s higher ground. 1 The large rectangular form a little to the right of the centre of the page is presumably the harbour pier. This tiny bay constitutes one of the volume’s major preoccupations; for a list of these drawings, see the entry for folio 58 recto (D23629; Turner Bequest CCLII 58).

John Chu
April 2014

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

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