Joseph Mallord William Turner

Castle Cornet, Guernsey


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Prints and Drawings Room

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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 75

Catalogue entry

On this page, Turner worked up two sketches of the medieval fortress of Cornet Castle on its island in the bay of St Peter Port. For the key entry on this landmark, see folio 29 verso (D23575; Turner Bequest CCLII 29a). Inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated, the top sketch also includes a view of the town rising up the harbour’s sheltering hills. Towards the top left-hand corner, the neo-Gothic tower of Elizabeth College1 and the cylindrical ‘Grecian Doric’ church steeple of St James-the-Less are featured.2 The town of St Peter Port is one of the major objects of study in this volume as outlined in the entry for folio 30 recto (D23576; Turner Bequest CCLII 30). A coastline of jagged rocks is sketched along the centre of the page of a type that abounds in the Channel Islands.

John Chu
April 2014

J.E. Collins, The Stranger’s Guide to the Islands of Guernsey and Jersey, Guernsey 1833, p.79.
J.T. Cochrane, A Guide to the Island of Guernsey, St Peter Port 1826, p.19.

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