Joseph Mallord William Turner

Cotentin Peninsula, 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: 91 × 131 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23371
Turner Bequest CCL 20

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with loose studies of the coastal terrain and architecture which he encountered as he travelled around the Cotentin Peninsula of Normandy. A note on the sketch at the bottom of page, inverted in relation to those above, may identify the scene to the Normandy coast looking out towards Jersey. A plan of a regulated watercourse or harbour seems to have been roughly jotted down on the right-hand side of the page transecting the coastal views.

John Chu
May 2015

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