Joseph Mallord William Turner

Creux Harbour, Sark Island

?1832

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 × 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23643
Turner Bequest CCLII 65

Catalogue entry

Inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated, this drawing depicts Creux on the south-east coast of Sark where a small summer harbour had been established. The view is from the top of the ‘almost perpendicular cliffs which overhang and surround’ this ‘romantic spot’ at the bottom of which can be glimpsed the cruciform of a ship’s mast.1 This tiny bay constitutes one of the volume’s major preoccupations; for a list of these drawings, see the entry for folio 58 recto (D23629; Turner Bequest CCLII 58).

John Chu
April 2014

1
J.T. Cochrane, A Guide to the Island of Guernsey, St Peter Port 1826, p.139.

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