Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bayeux; ?Le Havre, Normandy

1826

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 122 × 98 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23512
Turner Bequest CCLI 28 a

Catalogue entry

Turner filled much of this page with studies of monumental architecture seen from a distance and at close quarters. Two pencil notes locate these sketches to the medieval city of Bayeux in Normandy. The top of the page also features a coastal view with a sail boat. Tate curator Ian Warrell suggested that this drawing was taken in the vicinity of Le Havre on the Normandy coast.1 A list of the pages featuring these sites is included in the sketchbook introduction for comparison.

John Chu
July 2015

1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, pp.30, 207 note 12.

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