Joseph Mallord William Turner

Coastal Terrain; Town, Normandy

1826

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 83 × 122 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23519
Turner Bequest CCLI 32

Catalogue entry

Turner filled the upper half this page with sketches of distant coastal landscapes. The seaside of Normandy is the subject of extensive study in this volume so this drawing was probably made in that region. The lower half of the page includes a loose drawing of a town with high towers. These pages feature several medieval Normandy towns and cities, including Bayeux and Rouen, a list of which is included in the sketchbook introduction for comparison.

John Chu
July 2015

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