Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Vale Church, Guernsey; Hilly Terrain, ?Channel Islands or Normandy

?1832

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 187 x 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23691
Turner Bequest CCLII 89

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned vertically, Turner covered much of this page in small drawings depicting hilly terrain punctuated by distant buildings. The upper part of the page features a cluster of discontinuous sketches below which are included two or possibly three more cursory landscapes on a larger scale, each framed by the edge of the page and drawn horizontal lines. Such terrain abounds in the Channel Islands and in the wide embouchure of the Seine, both much studied in this volume. The bottom left-hand corner is occupied by a Gothic church with a low spire resembling Vale Church in the north of Guernsey prior to its nineteenth-century alterations.

John Chu
April 2014

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