Joseph Mallord William Turner

View from above Sainte-Adresse


Not on display

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 107 × 156 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLIII 14

Catalogue entry

The page contains a sketch, drawn horizontally, of a landscape. Finberg noted it simply as ‘River in distance’,1 but the location of Le Havre has been confirmed.2 Buildings trail down the hillside in mid-ground and foreground, and in the distance, a sweep of the Seine estuary meets the sea. Turner roughly records the shapes of buildings such as that of the church tower in the foreground and tower at upper left. Trees are indicated simply, for example by the jagged line at bottom left. A lighthouse is noted with a simple mark at top right. There appears to be text at centre left reading ‘Fey’ but it is not clearly decipherable.
Art historian Ian Warrell refers3 to this sketch, as well as folios 12 verso and 13 recto (D23722–D23723), and drawings in the 1832 Seine and Paris and Guernsey sketchbooks (Tate D24050–D24052, D24054–D24061; Turner Bequest CCLIV 85a–86a; D23597, D23603; CCLII 41, 45), being the result of Turner climbing to the headland above Sainte-Adresse, the Côte d’Ingouville,4 which is in the environs of Le Havre.

Caroline South
May 2017

Finberg 1909, II, p.768.
Warrell 1999, pp.109, 259 note 30, p.269 cats.66 and 67; ?Ian Warrell, ‘Turner on the Seine: Topographical Index’, c.1999, Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain (printout in copy of Warrell 1999), p.3.
Warrell 1999, pp.109, 259 note 30, p.269 cats.66 and 67.
Ibid., pp.109 (referring to ‘Ste-Andresse’), 259 note 30.

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