Joseph Mallord William Turner

Quillebeuf, Normandy


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 114 × 187 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLII 26

Catalogue entry

Turner sketched three landscape views across the entire length of this page, the bottom two of which are inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated. The top sketch depicts the harbour of Quillebeuf in the wide embouchure of the Seine over which rises the Romanesque tower of Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port.1 The bottom sketch appears to record a view of the same settlement from a greater distance. For examples of the watercolour studies of Quillebeuf worked up by Turner around this time, see Tate D24576 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 11), D24668 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 103), and D24729 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 164). These culminated in the exhibition of a major oil piece on the subject, The Mouth of the Seine, Quille-Boeuf (Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon) at the Royal Academy in 1833,2 and also in an engraving in the 1834 volume of Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France); see Tate impression T05598.

John Chu
April 2014

Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, p.36.
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.184–5, no.353, pl.332.

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