Joseph Mallord William Turner

Avranches and Mont-St-Michel, Normandy

1826

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 119 × 181 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D34413
Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 58

Catalogue entry

This view from the small Normandy town of Avranches out towards the island of Mont Saint-Michel was worked onto a sheet of white ‘Ivy Mill’ watermarked white paper, a batch of which Turner took with him on his 1826 tour of Northern France.1 A list of the other pencil studies of Mont Saint-Michel from that journey is provided in the Introduction to the Cherbourg, Coutances and Mont St Michel sketchbook.
1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.23.
Verso:
Inscribed in pencil with the note ‘D34413’ bottom left.

John Chu
March 2016

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