Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Isigny-sur-Mer, Normandy

1826

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 83 × 122 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23460
Turner Bequest CCLI 2 a

Catalogue entry

Turner filled this page with sketches of buildings in a hilly landscale. In his 1909 Inventory of the Turner Bequest, A.J. Finberg suggested that these were taken at Isigny-sur-Mer based on a semi-legible note by Turner towards the top left-hand corner of the page, which may record the name of the River Vise which runs through the town.1 The artist filled several pages of the present volume with studies of town on the Normandy coast, a list of which is included in the sketchbook introduction for comparison.

John Chu
July 2015

1
A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.II, p.762.

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