Joseph Mallord William Turner

Vale, Guernsey

?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 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23682
Turner Bequest CCLII 84 a

Catalogue entry

Turner worked panoramic views of the intensely defended north-eastern coast of Guernsey onto this page. The sketch of a bay rimmed with towers and rocky outcrops featured on the top half the page is inscribed with the note ‘Valle’, locating the scene in the Vale, or Clos du Valle, region of the island. Inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated, the sketched passages in the lower half of the page include a view of a large fortress in the bottom right-hand corner, possibly Vale Castle,1 a tall gabled building next to a cluster of masts in the centre, and one of Guersney’s distinctive eighteenth-century ‘loophole’ towers towards the bottom left.2
1
J.T. Cochrane, A Guide to the Island of Guernsey, St Peter Port 1826, p.99.
2
W.H. Clements, Towers of Strength: the Story of the Martello Towers, Barnsley 1999, p.85.
Technical notes:
There is a small brown mark in the centre of the page towards the right-hand edge.

John Chu
April 2014

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