Joseph Mallord William Turner St-Jacques du Tréport from the Harbour 1845

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St-Jacques du Tréport from the Harbour
From Eu and Treport Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCCLIX
Date 1845
Medium Graphite, watercolour and pen on paper
Dimensions Support: 230 x 328 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLIX 17
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These five watercolours of the port of Le Treport and the nearby town of Eu in Normandy record Turner's last journey to the Continent in 1845. During this visit Turner was invited to dine at the chateau of Eu by the French king, Louis-Philippe, whom he had known many years earlier. Ruskin's descriptions of these works concentrate on the technical achievement by which they were brought about. For example, he notes that the cliff in no.1 'is a masterpiece of drawing; it is not possible with the given number of touches to indicate more faithfully the form of a chalk precipice, or the way it breaks into the turf at its brow.'

September 2004

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