Joseph Mallord William Turner

St Anne; The Caskets; Essex Castle, Alderney

?1832

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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
D23696
Turner Bequest CCLII 91 a

Catalogue entry

Turner filled this page with small sketches of scenery taken in and around Alderney in the Channel Islands. Turner’s note above the long land-mass second from the top of the page identifies the sketch as a distant view of the town of St Anne on the north coast of the island. Immediately below, the spiky row of protruding rocks is also identified by a note as the treacherous reef known as The Caskets.1 For the recurrence of this geological phenomenon, see the listing under the entry for folio 90 recto (D23693; Turner Bequest CCLII 90). In the bottom right-hand corner of the page, the round towers of Essex Castle are sketched alongside a kite trailing its streamers in flight. 2 This unfinished Elizabethan fortress recurs on folio 85 verso (D23684; Turner Bequest CCLII 85a).
1
J.T. Cochrane, A Guide to the Island of Guernsey, , St Peter Port 1826, p.138.
2
Samuel Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England, London 1831, vol.II,.p.262.
Technical notes:
John Ruskin’s red ink inscription ‘92’ on folio 92 recto opposite (D23697; Turner Bequest CCLII 92), has transferred onto the top left-hand corner of this page. There is a patch of light brown discolouration in the top right-hand corner.

John Chu
April 2014

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