Joseph Mallord William Turner

Le Havre in Mid-Distance

?1829

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 107 × 156 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23733
Turner Bequest CCLIII 18 a

Catalogue entry

The page contains a sketch, drawn horizontally, of a coastal town, with the sea stretching off to the distance and at left. Finberg noted it simply as ‘Town in mid-distance’,1 but the location has been identified as Le Havre.2 Turner captures the shape of the town’s outline, including a tower at centre, in a few simple lines.
1
Finberg 1909, II, p.769.
2
?Ian Warrell, ‘Turner on the Seine: Topographical Index’, c.1999, Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain (printout in copy of Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999), p.3.
Technical notes:
A small rust-coloured stain appears at upper left of the sketch.

Caroline South
May 2017

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