Joseph Mallord William Turner

La Coupée, Sark Island

?1832

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 × 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23625
Turner Bequest CCLII 56

Catalogue entry

Turner filled this page with panoramic views of Sark’s high jagged cliffs. The two sketches at the top of the page are inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated and the cursory drawing to the right was taken with the page turned vertically. As indicated by Turner’s note, the sketch in the centre of the page records the point at which Little Sark is joined to the main island by an extremely high and narrow isthmus called La Coupée.1 This geological feature constitutes one of the volume’s major preoccupations, and recurs on folios 56 verso (D23626; Turner Bequest CCLII 56a); 57 recto (D23627; Turner Bequest CCLII 57); 59 verso (D23632; Turner Bequest CCLII 59a); 60 recto (D23633; Turner Bequest CCLII 60); 61 recto to 62 verso (D23635–D23638; Turner Bequest CCLII 62a); 73 recto to 74 recto (D23659–D23661; Turner Bequest CCLII 74).

John Chu
April 2014

1
J.T. Cochrane, A Guide to the Island of Guernsey, St Peter Port 1826, p.141.

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