Joseph Mallord William Turner

St Peter Port, Guernsey


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Graphite on paper
Support: 114 x 187 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLII 53

Catalogue entry

This page features an apparently continuous single view of the hills that shelter the harbour of St Peter Port on the east coast of Guernsey. The eighteenth-century defences of Fort St George can be seen high up on the furthest eminence.1 Towards the top right-hand corner can be seen the neo-Gothic tower of Elizabeth College, crowned with its four corner pinnacles, 2 while the outline of the spire of the Town Church can be seen at the foot of the hills, close to the cluster of sail-boats in the harbour area. The buildings of St Peter Port recur several times within in this volume, as outlined in the entry for folio 30 recto (D23576; Turner Bequest CCLII 30).

John Chu
April 2014

J.T. Cochrane, A Guide to the Island of Guernsey, St Peter Port 1826, pp.66–7.
J.E. Collins, The Stranger’s Guide to the Islands of Guernsey and Jersey, Guernsey 1833, p.79

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