Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bayeux; Le Havre; Isigny-sur-Mer, 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: 83 × 122 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23521
Turner Bequest CCLI 33

Catalogue entry

Turner filled this page with sketches taken at different sites in Normandy. The large gothic building at the centre of the page is Bayeux Cathedral, recognisable by the cathedral’s twin steeples. In his 1909 Inventory of the Turner Bequest, A.J. Finberg identified the town of Isigny-sur-Mer amongst these drawings, presumably referring to the small depiction of an ecclesiastical structure in the top right-hand corner of the page which resembles the Church of Saint-George in that location.1 Tate curator Ian Warrell located the coastal terrain sketched into the top left-hand corner to the vicinity of Le Havre.2

John Chu
July 2015

1
A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.II, p.763.
2
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, pp.30, 207 note 12.

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