Joseph Mallord William Turner

Coutances, 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: 242 × 192 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D34509
Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 145

Catalogue entry

These two sketches belong to a group of views of the medieval Normandy town of Coutances which Turner worked onto a batch of white ‘Ivy Mill’ watermarked paper on his 1826 tour of Northern France.1 A list of these is provided in the Introduction to this section.
1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.23.
Technical Notes:
The sheet of paper bears a horizontal crease across the centre where it has been folded in two.
Verso:
Inscribed in red ink ‘56. A.5’ in the bottom left-hand corner of the sheet. Inscribed in pencil with the note ‘D. 34509’ in the bottom left-hand corner.

John Chu
March 2016

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