Joseph Mallord William Turner

St Peter Port, Guernsey

?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: 114 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23576
Turner Bequest CCLII 30

Catalogue entry

Turner filled this page will multiple, disconnected views of the built-up hills that shelter the harbour of St Peter Port on the east coast of Guernsey. The location is identifiable by the presence of the neo-Gothic tower of Elizabeth College with its four corner pinnacles. The landmark, finished in 1829, recurs three times: towards the centre of the page’s left-hand edge, just to the right of the centre, and in the top right-hand corner.1
The town of St Peter Port is the subject of particular study in this volume and recurs on folios 53 (D23619; Turner Bequest CCLII 53); 54 verso (D23622; Turner Bequest CCLII 54a); 64 verso (D23642; Turner Bequest CCLII 64a); 74 verso (D23662; Turner Bequest CCLII 74a); 82 verso to 83 verso (D23678–D23680; Turner Bequest CCLII 82a–CCLII 83a); 86 verso (D23686; Turner Bequest CCLII 86a); and 88 recto (D23689; Turner Bequest CCLII 88).

John Chu
April 2014

1
J.E. Collins, The Stranger’s Guide to the Islands of Guernsey and Jersey, Guernsey 1833, p.79.

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