Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Distant Views of a Town ?in Upper Normandy


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Support: 231 × 327 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLIX 8

Catalogue entry

Although rather highly worked in watercolour, the subject of this sketch is difficult to discern. From the horizon appears to rise the skyline of a town punctuated with towers and a large dome, although no large town of this description is located in the region of Dieppe, Eu or Le Tréport. On the other hand, the curving band of choppy crimson strokes in the lower half of the sheet resembles a similar feature in D35457 (Turner Bequest CCCLIX 22) in which the flurry of red is more clearly intended as traffic on a busy road, or perhaps a mounted procession connected to Queen Victoria’s visit to the area. The possible connection between Turner’s tour and the royal visit is set out in the tour Introduction.
Blank; except for patches of watercolour.

John Chu
February 2014

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