Joseph Mallord William Turner

Figures in Local Dress; Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy

1826

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 131 × 91 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23378
Turner Bequest CCL 23 a

Catalogue entry

Turner filled the upper part of this page with studies of women in the local dress of Normandy, paying particular attention to their elaborate headdresses. These have been identifies as women on the town of Avranches.1 Having turned the sketchbook horizontally, he also worked views of the island-settlement of Mont Saint-Michel into the lower half of the page. This site is featured on multiple pages in this volume, a list of which is included in the sketchbook introduction. These were subsequently used as the basis for colour studies as Turner worked towards an engraved series of Channel Coast views: see Tate D25342 (Turner Bequest CCLXIII 220), D25379 (Turner Bequest CCLXIII 256).2

John Chu
May 2015

1
Maurice Guillaud, Nicholas Alfrey, Andrew Wilton and others, Turner en France: aquarelles, peintures, dessins, gravures, carnets de croquis / Turner in France: Watercolours, Paintings, Drawings, Engravings, Sketchbooks, exhibition catalogue, Centre Culturel du Marais, Paris 1981, p.304.
2
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, pp.158–71.

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