Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bayeux, 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: 83 × 122 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23523
Turner Bequest CCLI 34

Catalogue entry

Turner filled this page with a study of Bayeux and its surroundings, recognisable by the cathedral’s twin steeples. This medieval city features on multiple pages in this volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook introduction. In the bottom right-hand corner of the page is noted the phrase ‘Take all you Like | Home with You | all Normandy’. Tate curator Ian Warrell interpreted this as the remark of a passing onlooker.1

John Chu
July 2015

1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, pp.30, 31.

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