Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Lighthouse and Hôtel de Ville, Calais

1824

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 × 78 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20015
Turner Bequest CCXVI 236 a

Catalogue entry

This detailed study, drawn with the sketchbook turned upside down, shows a street in Calais with the Tour de Guet (the lighthouse) and the tower of the Hôtel de Ville rising above the rooftops. See Tate D04269, D24857–D24858; Turner Bequest LXXI 67, CCLX 21–22 for three other drawings depicting these monuments by Turner, and Tate N04301 for a watercolour by David Cox entitled Calais: Street Scene with Lighthouse of c.1829–32.

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2014

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