Joseph Mallord William Turner

Le Tréport Harbour before White Cliffs

1845

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 231 x 325 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35440
Turner Bequest CCCLIX 5

Catalogue entry

Matthieu Pinette has identified this sketch as a north-easterly view across Le Tréport harbour towards the village of Mers.1 On the right, the harbour’s eastern pier and lighthouse have been achieved with rapid ochre, pink, and grey washes, while the chalk cliffs in the distance are composed of an area of ‘reserved’ white paper.
1
Gamble, Wildman and Pinette 2003, p.130.
Verso:
Blank; except for spots of blue watercolour.

John Chu
February 2014

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