Joseph Mallord William Turner

Castle Cornet; Fort George, Guernsey


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 114 × 187 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLII 87

Catalogue entry

On this page Turner worked two relatively detailed descriptions of the defensive structures around St Peter Port on the east coast of Guernsey. The upper sketch depicts the medieval fortress of Castle Cornet perched on its island in the harbour bay.1 At the bottom of the page are the wooded hills that rise steeply away from the southern part of the main town, capped off with the eighteenth-century barracks of Fort George. For the recurrence of this defensive complex in the sketchbook, see the entry for folio 29 verso (D23575; Turner Bequest CCLII 29a).
Towards the top left-hand corner of the page is a sketch of a lighthouse, which continues over onto folio 86 verso opposite (D23686; Turner Bequest CCLII 86a).

John Chu
April 2014

See Bryan Hugh St. John O’Neil, The History of Castle Cornet, Guernsey, Guernsey 1981.

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