Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Soldiers Bay, Guernsey

?1832

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
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
D23676
Turner Bequest CCLII 81 a

Catalogue entry

Art historian Ian Warrell identifies this sketch, inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated, as a view of the cliffs around Soldiers’ Bay to the south of St Peter Port in Guernsey.1 He ventures that Turner’s note of ‘Smugglers B’ may be an old alternative name for the area, although it may also have resulted from a mishearing or flight of fancy on the part of the artist. If all the elements on the page constitute a single view, the distant island identified by Turner as Sark would certainly locate the viewpoint on Guernsey’s west coast.

John Chu
April 2014

1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, p.44.

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