Joseph Mallord William Turner

Hillside with Settlements, ?near Le Havre, Normandy

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: 174 × 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24050
Turner Bequest CCLIV 85 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with a view of a steep hillside punctuated by individual buildings and copses. Although the architecture is too generic here for identification of a definitive location, the position of the sketch within the volume suggests a location near Le Havre in Normandy. Turner made several sketches of that area in the neighbouring pages and may have spotted this picturesque subject on his way up to the cliff tops at Cap de la Hève or the nearby town of Montivilliers.

John Chu
July 2014

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