Joseph Mallord William Turner

Three Sketches, ?France, Including a Castle and a Headland

1820

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 115 x 94 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16881
Turner Bequest CXCIII 101 a

Catalogue entry

This page contains three landscape sketches which despite being currently unidentified, almost certainly relate to Turner’s return journey from Italy through France in January 1820. The draughtsmanship is very rough suggesting that they were executed swiftly whilst on the move. The central study depicts a castle, whilst the upper drawing represents part of a headland within a bay. The composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 103 (D16882; Turner Bequest CXCIII 102).

Nicola Moorby
March 2011

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