Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Honfleur, Normandy


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 174 × 117 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLIV 82 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated, the five small coastal views arranged vertically down this page appear to depict the western prospect of Honfleur as seen from the mouth of the Seine. That being the case, the spire seen in the lower four drawings can be attributed to the Church of Sainte-Catherine while the main harbour area lies hidden hind the gentle slope of the headland. One problem with this identification is that the same church’s wooden belfry is not accounted for in these sketches. For a comparison, see the watercolour of Honfleur from the west that Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time; Tate D24743 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 178).

John Chu
July 2014

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