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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Caen, Normandy 1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 18 Recto:
Caen, Normandy 1826
Turner Bequest CCLI 18
Pencil on white wove paper, 83 x 122 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘2 | 2 | 3’, ‘C[...]t[...]x’, ‘S[...] ?washing’ centre, ‘C[...] M G[...]’ towards top right, ascending vertically
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘18’ bottom right, descending vertically, ‘199’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLI 18’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner filled the upper half of this page with studies of the town of Caen. Particular care has been taken over the depiction of the Abbey Church of Saint-Etienne in the upper left-hand quadrant of the page. The artist filled several pages of the present volume with studies of this Normandy town, a list of which is included in the sketchbook introduction.

John Chu
July 2015

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Caen, 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-caen-normandy-r1185334, accessed 06 December 2021.