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: 187 × 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23656
Turner Bequest CCLII 71 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned vertically, Turner filled this page with small drawings of the kind of steep and craggy coastal terrain that abounds in the Channel Islands. The relatively detailed scene at the top may depict Creux on the south-east coast of Sark Island where a summer harbour had been established. This ‘romantic spot’ is backed by ‘almost perpendicular cliffs’ and flanked by distinctive rocky outcrops.1 Creux constitutes one of the volume’s major preoccupations; for comparisons, see the pages listed under 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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