Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Porte d’Ingouville at Le Havre, Normandy

?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 × 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23613
Turner Bequest CCLII 50

Catalogue entry

Inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated, this drawing depicts an apparently continuous view of the open space around the Porte d’Ingouville at Le Havre, which was one of the main points of ingress to the harbour town. While the large gate flanked by its Doric colonnades dominates the centre of the scene, a shop sign reading ‘Cafe’ dangles from a nearby building on the right-hand edge of the page.

John Chu
April 2014

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