Joseph Mallord William Turner

Coutances, Normandy

c.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: 257 × 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20517
Turner Bequest CCXXIV 205

Catalogue entry

Turner specialist, Ian Warrell, has identified this sketch as a view of the landscape outside Coutances in Normandy.1 The artist visited this sight on his way to Brittany. See the Introduction to this section for a list of sketches on loose sheets of this site associated with the 1826 tour of Northern France.
1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.216.
Technical Notes:
The sheet once formed part of a larger sheet with D20516 (Turner Bequest CCXXIV 204), D20525 and D20526 (Turner Bequest CCXXIV 212, 213).
Verso:
Inscribed in red ink with the note ‘205’ in the bottom right-hand corner of the sheet.

John Chu
March 2016

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