J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Avranches and Mont-St-Michel, Normandy 1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Avranches and Mont-St-Michel, Normandy 1826
Turner Bequest CCCXLIV d 58
Pencil on white wove paper, 119 x 181 mm
Partial watermark ‘IVY M[ILL] | 181[...]’
Inscribed in red ink by John Ruskin ‘58’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCCXLIV 58’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This view from the small Normandy town of Avranches out towards the island of Mont Saint-Michel was worked onto a sheet of white ‘Ivy Mill’ watermarked white paper, a batch of which Turner took with him on his 1826 tour of Northern France.1 A list of the other pencil studies of Mont Saint-Michel from that journey is provided in the Introduction to the Cherbourg, Coutances and Mont St Michel sketchbook.
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.23.
Inscribed in pencil with the note ‘D34413’ bottom left.

John Chu
March 2016

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Avranches and Mont-St-Michel, Normandy 1826 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2016, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, March 2017, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-avranches-and-mont-st-michel-normandy-r1185599, accessed 16 January 2022.