Of the two colour studies for Tancarville on the Seine catalogued here (for the other see Tate D25199; Turner Bequest CCLXIII 77), this is the more developed. The trees in the right foreground in particular are more prominently suggested. Compositionally, the study has a close relationship with Turner’s finished watercolour of the scene, the position of the key areas of land, Tancarville’s ruined castle and the trees framing the scene on the right all laid out on the sheet. The sheet also presents an idea of the colour relationships present in the finished watercolour, with a focus on the warmer shades: the yellow, orange and brown tones seen in the sky, hills, castle and trees are all present.
As noted in the introduction to this section, of Turner’s earlier 1832 studies of Tancarville, one of the studies (Tate D24734; Turner Bequest CCLIX 169), which Ian Warrell has termed ‘the most self-consciously Claudean,’4 appears to have been of particular interest to Turner when developing the present colour study and its companion. It seems that Turner returned to this and other c.1832 source material when working on the later watercolour and the present studies (see Introduction to this section). This and the directly connected colour study are significantly different to those dated to the earlier time of c.1832, being larger in scale and completed on white, rather than blue, paper.
As the study is now laid down on paper, the verso could not be checked at the time of cataloguing.
- River Seine(364)