Joseph Mallord William Turner

?A Steep Hill, Northern France

c.1832

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 191 × 140 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40116

Catalogue entry

This drawing was not recorded by Finberg in his Turner Bequest Inventory. Turner loosely worked a pencil drawing onto this sheet of blue paper in long strokes, perhaps to depict the contours of a particularly steep hill. The sketch is too cursory to identify the subject with certainty, although the verso of the sheet depicts the hilltop fortifications of Château Gaillard, Normandy perhaps indicating a nearby location for the terrain sketched here; see Tate D25093 (Turner Bequest CCLXI 121).
Technical notes:
A rectangle of darker blue paper at the centre of the sheet indicates damage from prolonged exposure to light.

John Chu
August 2014

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