Joseph Mallord William Turner

Shipping at Canteleu, Normandy

c.1832

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 138 x 191 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24643
Turner Bequest CCLIX 78

Display caption

As in so many of the studies of the lower Seine, this drawing focuses as much on the working life of the river as on a specific setting. The precise location depicted here has not previously been identified, partly because the details of what Turner depicts are somewhat at variance with reality. Though the church on the left if presumably intended to represent the Convent Ste-Barbe, just below the heights of Canteleu, it is not an accurate depiction of the building. Instead, Turner seems to have had recourse to one of his pen and ink sketches, in which he recorded the church at Louviers (no.27).

Gallery label, September 2004

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