Joseph Mallord William Turner

Coutances, Normandy

1826

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 230 x 363 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D34414
Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 59

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Turner is now known to have been in Cherbourg, at the tip of the Cotentin peninsula, on 9 September 1826. He stayed there at the Hotel de London, stating the purpose of his visit as 'pour depromener' (to go for walks), a suitably leisurely pursuit for someone who identified himself as a 'rentier' (someone of independent means). From Cherbourg he travelled on to Coutances and Granville, eventually arriving at Avranches, whence he made the excursion across to Mont St-Michel. Watercolours derived from his sketches are shown nearby.

Gallery label, August 2004

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