Joseph Mallord William Turner

Coastal Terrain, Normandy

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: 174 × 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24036
Turner Bequest CCLIV 78 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner worked two wide views of the coastal terrain around the wide embouchure of the Seine onto the top half of this page. Such cliffs abound on the Normandy coast and along the banks of the Seine’s wide embouchure, each of which were the subject of extensive study in this sketchbook. Turner’s note reading ‘Hermitage’ just below the higher of these two sketches may indicate the presence of some small, isolated structure in the landscape. The same note recurs in the Guernsey sketchbook, probably used on the same tour; see Tate D23563 (Turner Bequest CCLII 23a).

John Chu
July 2014

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