Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ramparts at Montivilliers, Normandy

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: 174 × 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24069
Turner Bequest CCLIV 95

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a depiction of the northern outskirts of Montivilliers in Normandy which is situated about seven miles north-east of the port at Le Havre. The ramparts with a large round tower seen at the centre of the page are described in a more cursory fashion on folio 94 verso opposite (D24068; Turner Bequest CCLIV 94a). Several figures are dotted around the scene including an individual seated on a tussock at the right-hand edge of the page, another perched on the ramparts, and a further group, possibly mounted, making its way along the road. A list of pages in this volume featuring views of Montivilliers is provided in the entry for folio 96 recto (D24071; Turner Bequest CCLIV 96).

John Chu
July 2014

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