Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Le Hourdel Lighthouse

1845

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 x 86 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35581
Turner Bequest CCCLXI 54

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, there are three studies apparently showing the same lighthouse. The details suggest the one at Le Hourdel, Picardy, on the west side of the Somme Estuary where it meets the Channel north-east of Le Tréport (see folio 55 recto; D35583). Compare folio 61 verso (D35595), and see the sketchbook’s Introduction for other identified subjects along this coast.
Technical notes:
There is some brown staining at the gutter, possibly indicating water damage in the 1928 Tate flood.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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