Joseph Mallord William Turner

St-Vaast-la-Hougue, Normandy

?1826–7

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 170 × 241 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20219
Turner Bequest CCXX L

Catalogue entry

This colour sketch, formerly assumed to be a depiction of the coastline near Dieppe,1 has been identified by Turner specialist, Eric Shanes, as a view of the Normandy harbour of St-Vaast-la-Hougue.2 It is associated with material gathered by Turner during his 1826 tour of Northern France and was used as the basis for a finished watercolour of about 1827 on the historicising subject of jousting sailors, The Jute: A Jousting Constest at St-Vaast-la-Hougue, Normandy (private collection).3
1
A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.II, p.685.
2
Eric Shanes, Turner’s Watercolour Explorations 1810–1842, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.29.
3
Illustrated in Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.170, fig.167.
Verso:
Blank

John Chu
March 2016

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