Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Tour de Croy at Wimereuex Sketched from Ambleteuse

1845

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 239 x 335 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35394
Turner Bequest CCCLVII 9

Catalogue entry

As in the following and preceding two works as originally constituted in the sketchbook (D35392, D25393, D35395; Turner Bequest CCCLVII 7, 8, 10), Turner here attempts to catch the effect of a low sun reflected on the sea. The artist inscribed this sketch ‘Ambletuze’ [sic], although it more precisely represents the view from Ambleteuse back to Wimereux, several miles south back down the coast. Between a richly coloured sky and the green-blue washes of the sea can be seen the eighteenth-century Tour de Croy, ‘dropped in’ on the horizon with dark green paint. This defensive structure, built to repel the English during the Seven Years’ War, was located on a rocky reef at some distance off the mainland at Wimereux.1 Turner sketched this fort on two or three other occasions during this tour in the present sketchbook (D35387; Turner Bequest CCCLVII 2) and in the Boulogne sketchbook (Tate D35406, D35414; Turner Bequest CCCLVIII 4, 12).
1
Pierre-André Wimet, ‘Un vestige boulonnais de la Guerre de Sept ans – La tour de Croy, à Wimereux’, Bulletin de la Commission Départementale des Monuments Historiques du Pas-de-Calais, vol.6, no.1, 1935, pp.418–22.
Verso:
Blank; the sheet was not available for inspection out of its frame at the time of cataloguing.

John Chu
December 2013

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