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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Castle Cornet, Guernsey; Sark from the South-East ?1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 1 Verso:
Castle Cornet, Guernsey; Sark from the South-East ?1832
Turner Bequest CCLII 1a
Pencil on white wove paper, 187 x 114 mm
Partial watermark ‘YMAN | 28’
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Sark fr S E’ centre
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned vertically, Turner sketched several small views of Castle Cornet in St Peters Port, Guernsey on this page. The top of the page records the castle within its harbour setting in three horizontal strips; the central passage features two further overlapping sketches, possibly of the same feature. For the key entry on this medieval fortress, see folio 29 verso (D23575; Turner Bequest CCLII 29a). Below these, at the centre of the page, are two cursory sketches of a coastal land-mass on the horizon, identified by Turner’s pencil note between the two as Sark Island seen from the south-east.
Technical notes:
The bottom of the page is marked with grey watercolour, carried over or transferred from folio 2 recto opposite (D23527; Turner Bequest CCLII 2).

John Chu
April 2014

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Castle Cornet, Guernsey; Sark from the South-East ?1832 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 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-castle-cornet-guernsey-sark-from-the-south-east-r1175018, accessed 02 December 2021.