Joseph Mallord William Turner
High Cliffs, ?Doyle Monument, Guernsey ?1832

Artwork details

Artist
Title
High Cliffs, ?Doyle Monument, Guernsey
From Guernsey Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCLII
Date ?1832
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 114 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23624
Turner Bequest CCLII 55 a
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Catalogue entry

The kind of high rocky cliffs featured in this sketch abound in the Channel Islands and were the subject of extensive study in this volume. The very tall and thin structure visible towards the top left-hand corner of the page may locate this scene on the east coast of Guernsey, looking south towards the Doyle Monument. This landmark was a large column, raised to commemorate Sir John Doyle (1756–1834) who had served as the island’s Lieutenant Governor during the Napoleonic Wars.1

John Chu
April 2014

1
J.T. Cochrane, A Guide to the Island of Guernsey, St Peter Port 1826, pp.69–70.

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