Joseph Mallord William Turner

Waterside Buildings, ?Channel Islands or Normandy

?1832

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23664
Turner Bequest CCLII 75 a

Catalogue entry

Turner worked two sketches of waterside buildings onto this page, with the bottom drawing inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated. In the top sketch, buildings are perched on the top of a headland while, in the lower image, a settlement clusters by the water’s edge. Such topography abounded in the Channel Islands and in the wide embouchure of the Seine, both of which were extensively studied in this sketchbook.

John Chu
April 2014

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