Joseph Mallord William Turner

Coastal Terrain with Shipping and Buildings; ?Cap de le Hève, 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 80

Catalogue entry

Turner filled much of this page with coastal vistas punctuated by buildings and different varieties of shipping. The long coastal landscape running vertically down the left-hand side of the page which ends in an abrupt cliff presumably represents Cap de le Hève on the edge of the Seine’s wide embouchure which was the subject of extensive study in this volume. Particular attention has been paid at the top of this page to the dark silhouette of steamboats against a distant shoreline. Such modern conveyances were to be a recurrent feature of the series of engraved Seine views with which Turner was involved at that time. See the 1834 and 1835 volumes of Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France); especially Tate impressions T04699, T05601, T05603, T05609, T05625.
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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