Joseph Mallord William Turner

Loophole Tower, Guernsey; Creux Harbour, Sark Island

?1832

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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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
D23648
Turner Bequest CCLII 67 a

Catalogue entry

The tower that presides over the harbour scene with shipping at the centre of this page is one of Guernsey’s distinctive eighteenth-century ‘loophole’ towers, built to defend the island against the French invasion.1
Inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated, the faint sketch of coastal rocks on the top half of the page follows the outline of the rock formations around Creux Harbour on the neighbouring island of Sark. This tiny bay constitutes one of the volume’s major preoccupations; for a list of these drawings, see the entry for folio 58 recto (D23629; Turner Bequest CCLII 58).

John Chu
April 2014

1
W.H. Clements, Towers of Strength: the Story of the Martello Towers, Barnsley 1999, p.85.

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