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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Calais, Picardy c.1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 9 Verso:
Calais, Picardy c.1826
Turner Bequest CCLVI 8a
Pencil on white laid paper, 158 x 104 mm
Partial watermark ‘1822’
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated, the loose town study in the centre of this page depicts Calais in Picardy, recognisable by its distinctively contrasting towers. For a more detailed drawing of these structures in the Turner Bequest see Tate D24857 (Turner Bequest CCLX 21). The sketch directly beneath presumably depicts the building at the bottom of the pier in that harbour town.

John Chu
July 2015

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Calais, Picardy c.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-calais-picardy-r1185415, accessed 28 May 2022.