Joseph Mallord William Turner

Mont Saint-Michel; Avranches, 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: 133 × 91 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23382
Turner Bequest CCL 25 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the centre of this page with a view of the island-settlement of Mont Saint-Michel off the coast of Normandy. These were subsequently used as the basis for colour studies as Turner worked towards an engraved series of Channel Coast views: see Tate D25342 (Turner Bequest CCLXIII 220), D25379 (Turner Bequest CCLXIII 256).1 This site is featured on multiple pages in this volume, a list of which is included in the sketchbook introduction. At the bottom of the page, inverted in relation to the drawing above, is a study of the landscape around Avranches several miles to the east of Mont Saint-Michel.

John Chu
May 2015

1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, pp.158–71.

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