Joseph Mallord William Turner

Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue; Female Figures

1826

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 91 × 131 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23400
Turner Bequest CCL 34 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with drawings taken around the Cotentin Peninsula in Normandy. At the centre of the page is a depiction of the tower at Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue. A colour study was subsequent worked up of this site: see Tate D20219 (Turner Bequest CCXX L). Just below, inverted in relation to the drawings above, is a study of bending female figures.

John Chu
May 2015

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