Joseph Mallord William Turner

Riverside Hills ?near Rouen, 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
D24005
Turner Bequest CCLIV 63

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with an expansive but cursorily drawn vista along the hills that line the Normandy banks of the Seine. No unambiguous landmark has been included that might identify the location of the scene depicted, although the cave-like hollow in the cliff towards the right-hand side of the scene may suggest the terrain a downstream of Rouen which is punctuated by such features. For a comparison, see the watercolour of this area that Turner worked up around this time perhaps with a view to engraved reproduction; Tate D24643 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 78).
A list of pages in the sketchbook featuring views of Rouen is provided in the entry for folio 60 recto (D23999; Turner Bequest CCLIV 60).

John Chu
July 2014

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