Joseph Mallord William Turner

Vale Castle, 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 84

Catalogue entry

Turner filled this page with small sketches of coastal scenery, some of them certainly taken in the northern part of Guernsey. Towards the top left-hand corner is included a view of Castle Vale just north of St Sampson Harbour, identifiable by its round towers and curtain wall.1 Immediately beneath this sketch is a cursory drawing of a landscape profile punctuated by a tower. Turner’s semi-decipherable note of ‘De [Vally] Mount’, may locate this view in the Clos Du Valle area of Guernsey on the northern shore of St Sampson Harbour. In the top right-hand corner, Turner cursorily recorded a view of coastal hills punctuated by architectural structures and, with the sketchbook turned vertically, a collection of waterside buildings.

John Chu
April 2014

J.T. Cochrane, A Guide to the Island of Guernsey, St Peter Port 1826, p.99.

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