Joseph Mallord William Turner

Le Havre, 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: 122 × 98 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23486
Turner Bequest CCLI 15 a

Catalogue entry

Turner filled much of this page with studies of quayside buildings in Le Havre. Tate curator Ian Warrell previously located the scenes depicted to the nearby town of Honfleur although Le Havre’s distinctive Tower of François I features prominently in the upper half of the page.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.

John Chu
July 2015

1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, pp.110, 259 note 34.

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