Joseph Mallord William Turner

Le Havre, Normandy

1826

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
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
D23484
Turner Bequest CCLI 14 a

Catalogue entry

Turner filled much of this page with studies of quayside buildings. Tate curator Ian Warrell located the scene to the harbour of Le Havre in Normandy.1 The artist filled several pages of the present volume with studies of the settlements on this stretch of coast around the mouth of the River Seine, a list of which is included in the sketchbook introduction. A pencil note reading ‘New York Hotel’ led Warrell to speculate that this was the establishment where Turner stayed in Le Havre.2

John Chu
July 2015

1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, pp.27, 265 no.8.
2
Ibid., p.27.

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