Joseph Mallord William Turner

Brest, Brittany

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: 105 x 167 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23036
Turner Bequest CCXLVII 14 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a study of the Brittany town of Brest. Among the landmarks identified by Tate curator Ian Warrell in this scene are the Rade de Brest coastal formation, military buildings including the Bagne, and the Tour Tanguy. Brest features on multiple pages in this part of the volume, a list of which is included in the sketchbook introduction.

John Chu
September 2015

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