Joseph Mallord William Turner

Castle Cornet, Guernsey; Sark Island

?1832

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 × 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23665
Turner Bequest CCLII 76

Catalogue entry

Turner worked at sketches of contrasting coastal terrain onto this page, each inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated. The inscription ‘Memory of Sark’ at the bottom centre of the page appears to refer to the grouped land-masses in the lower left-hand corner, or perhaps to the high jagged cliffs in the top left quadrant which are a particular feature of the island of that name. In the middle of the page is a view of the medieval fortress of Castle Cornet in Guernsey’s St Peter Port some three miles to the west of Sark. The dense cluster of pencil marks immediately beneath the castle presumably depicts foreground quayside activity although the forms are too indeterminate to venture a precise identification. For the key entry on this landmark, see folio 29 verso (D23575; Turner Bequest CCLII 29a). In the top right-hand corner is a dense collection buildings rising up a hill, and also a view of a lone building on high ground, each perhaps taken on the built-up hillsides that shelter St Peter Port. For comparisons, see the drawings of the town listed under in the entry for folio 30 recto (D23576; Turner Bequest CCLII 30).

John Chu
April 2014

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