Joseph Mallord William Turner

Calais Harbour

c.1826–30

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache, pen and ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 141 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24877
Turner Bequest CCLX 41

Catalogue entry

This is one of a batch of ink sketches of Calais on blue paper which can be dated on stylistic grounds to the later 1820s. The exact occasion of these studies is unknown although Turner specialist Ian Warrell has suggested a link to the return leg of the artist’s tour of Northern France in the autumn of 1826. 1 See the Introduction to this section for a list of these works.
1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, pp. 32, 253 note 86, 254 note 99.
Verso:
The verso of the sheet is obscured by the mount.

John Chu
March 2016

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