Joseph Mallord William Turner

?St Peter Port, Guernsey


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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 55

Catalogue entry

The kind of hilly coastal terrain featured in the cursory drawings on this page abounds on the Channel Islands and in the wide embouchure of the Seine, both the subject of considerable study in this sketchbook. However, the sketch in the top left-hand corner of the page appears to continue over from folio 54 verso opposite (D23622; Turner Bequest CCLII 54a). This would identify this scene as St Peter Port on the east coast of Guernsey, and the Gothic tower with corner pinnacles as Elizabeth College. The buildings of St Peter Port recur several times within in this volume, as outlined in the entry for folio 30 recto (D23576; Turner Bequest CCLII 30).

John Chu
April 2014

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