Joseph Mallord William Turner

Coastal Terrain near Le Havre, Normandy


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 174 × 117 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLIV 84

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with small coastal views. Art historian Ian Warrell has identified this and neighbouring sketches in the volume as depictions of the rolling coastline around Le Havre where the Seine debouches into the English Channel. Special attention has been paid in the lower right-hand quadrant of the page to the picturesque detail of a small ramshackle building scaled by a ladder. The distant waterside settlement towards the top right-hand corner is inscribed ‘Hon’, presumably identifying this as a south-westerly view from Le Havre towards the harbour of Honfleur. A list of pages in the sketchbook featuring Le Havre and Cap de la Hève is provided in the entry for folio 48 recto (D23975; Turner Bequest CCLIV 48).

John Chu
July 2014

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