Joseph Mallord William Turner

Map of Western France with Sketches, including St Malo and Dinan

printed 1799–1800, annotated 1826

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Engraving and graphite on paper
Support: 515 x 690 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 426

Display caption

Although Turner appears to have made few preparations for his journey through France before leaving home, he must have acquired this map during the first part of his tour prior to his arrival in Brittany. He would have used it, rather than a guidebook, to identify the principal places (and the roads connecting them) in this most westerly province, which at that date had not been explored by other British artists. When his sketchbooks were not easily to hand Turner used both the front and back of the map to make outline sketches of local costume and some of the places he visited.

Gallery label, September 1997