Joseph Mallord William Turner

Canteleu, Normandy

1832

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 174 × 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24010
Turner Bequest CCLIV 65 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated, the small sketches that fill this page depict a terrain of riverside hills punctuated by buildings. Turner’s cursory technique here would otherwise prevent any attempt to identify a definite location although the misspelt note towards the centre left of the page at least places the central scene at Canteleu, to the west of Rouen. The spire rising above the brow of the hill just above this note, therefore, presumably belongs to the Church of Saint-Martin on the plateau of that settlement. For a comparison, see the watercolour of Canteleu that Turner worked up around this time perhaps with a view to engraved reproduction; Tate D24643 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 78).

John Chu
July 2014

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