Joseph Mallord William Turner

Doyle Monument; St Peter Port, Guernsey

?1832

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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
D23688
Turner Bequest CCLII 87 a

Catalogue entry

On this page Turner worked two sketches of the coastal terrain in the eastern part of Guernsey. The upper sketch depicts the view north along the cliffs towards St Peter Port from the Doyle Monument. This structure had been raised to commemorate Sir John Doyle who served as the island’s Lieutenant Governor during the Napoleonic Wars.1 The shaft of the monument’s high column can be seen bisecting the landscape towards the top left-hand corner.
Inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated, the lower sketch features a view of the medieval fortress of Castle Cornet defending St Peter Port from its island in the bay.2 The eighteenth-century barracks of Fort George can be seen perched atop the hills rising steeply to the south. For the recurrence of this defensive complex in the sketchbook, see the entry for folio 29 verso (D23575; Turner Bequest CCLII 29a).
1
J.T. Cochrane, A Guide to the Island of Guernsey, St Peter Port 1826, pp.69–70.
2
See Bryan Hugh St. John O’Neil, The History of Castle Cornet, Guernsey, Guernsey 1981.
Technical notes:
There are patches of light brown discolouration in the bottom left-hand corner. A light red ink ‘88’ in the bottom left-hand corner has transferred from folio 88 recto opposite (D23689; Turner Bequest CCLII 88).

John Chu
April 2014

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