Joseph Mallord William Turner

Building on Coast, Also Group of French Peasants

1821

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18562
Turner Bequest CCXI 25 a

Catalogue entry

A group of seven figures is seen here from behind and includes a soldier at the left, three male figures in peasant attire, two women in distinctive Normandy hats and a child who holds what looks like a wheel. Turner took particular interest in the appearance, clothing and activities of the people he saw during his visit to France in 1821, creating in his sketchbooks a repository of French figures for later use (see Tate D24503; Turner Bequest CCLVIII 2v for references).
The sketch at the left edge of the page, drawn with the book turned to the right, has been associated by Ian Warrell with views of Dieppe from the cliffs of Le Pollet to the east.1 It depicts Château de Dieppe.

Thomas Ardill
March 2013

1
Warrell 1997, pp.28, 207 note 3.

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