Joseph Mallord William Turner

Vale Castle, Guernsey; Distant Coastlines

?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
D23615
Turner Bequest CCLII 51

Catalogue entry

Inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated, the largest, central sketch on this page depicts the medieval fortress of Vale Castle, Guernsey. Situated on a rocky outcrop north of St Sampson Harbour on the island’s east coast, the castle can be identified by the round towers that defend its curtain walls.1 A section of the defences has been sketched above the inscription ‘Sea’, towards the bottom right-hand corner of the page. The pencil marks on the right-hand edge of the page, inscribed with the name of Sark Island, continue over from another sketch of Vale Castle on recto 50 opposite (D23614; Turner Bequest CCLII 50a).

John Chu
April 2014

1
J.T. Cochrane, A Guide to the Island of Guernsey, , St Peter Port 1826, p.99.

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