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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Calais; Figures of Fishermen 1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 258 Recto:
Calais; Figures of Fishermen 1824
Turner Bequest CCXVI 251
Pencil on white wove paper, 78 x 118 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Coast of England’ top right
Inscribed in blue ink by Ruskin ‘251’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CCXVI–251’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner has used this page to produce three small squared-off views of Calais Harbour, with a rough study of a group of fishermen at left. The lowermost prospect of Calais includes the steeple of the Church of Notre-Dame, the Colonne Louis XVIII, the lighthouse or Tour de Guet, and the Hotel de Ville. At top right is a tiny view of the Fort Rouge (see Tate D20042; Turner Bequest CCXVI 250). Parallel to the long edge of the page is an even more minuscule sketch of a coastline with the barely legible inscription ‘Coast of England’.

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2014

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Calais; Figures of Fishermen 1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-calais-figures-of-fishermen-r1174839, accessed 13 December 2019.