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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Bayeux; ?Le Havre, Normandy 1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 28 Verso:
Bayeux; ?Le Havre, Normandy 1826
Turner Bequest CCLI 28a
Pencil on white wove paper, 122 x 83 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘G[...] | Grey’ towards top right, ‘G[...]’, ‘P[...]’, ‘G[...] sand’ top centre, ‘Bayeux’ centre, ‘B[...]x’ bottom centre
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner filled much of this page with studies of monumental architecture seen from a distance and at close quarters. Two pencil notes locate these sketches to the medieval city of Bayeux in Normandy. The top of the page also features a coastal view with a sail boat. Tate curator Ian Warrell suggested that this drawing was taken in the vicinity of Le Havre on the Normandy coast.1 A list of the pages featuring these sites is included in the sketchbook introduction for comparison.

John Chu
July 2015

Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, pp.30, 207 note 12.

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Bayeux; ?Le Havre, Normandy 1826 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 2015, 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-bayeux-le-havre-normandy-r1185355, accessed 24 May 2022.