This is one of a batch of ink sketches of Calais on blue paper which can be dated on stylistic grounds to the later 1820s. Beyond the beach, where figures are gathering bait, the Fort Rouge can be seen just off the coast on the horizon line. The exact occasion of these studies is unknown although Turner specialist Ian Warrell has suggested a link to the return leg of the artist’s tour of Northern France in the autumn of 1826. 1 See the Introduction to this section for a list of these works.
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, pp. 32, 253 note 86, 254 note 99.
The blue paper has faded to a light brown upon exposure to light, leaving a thin margin blue around the edge of the sheet.
Inscribed in pencil with the note ‘CCLX – 44’.