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
D23512
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

1
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.