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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Coastal Terrain, Normandy 1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 78 Verso:
Coastal Terrain, Normandy 1832
Turner Bequest CCLIV 78a
Pencil on white wove paper, 174 x 117 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Hermitage’ towards top left
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner worked two wide views of the coastal terrain around the wide embouchure of the Seine onto the top half of this page. Such cliffs abound on the Normandy coast and along the banks of the Seine’s wide embouchure, each of which were the subject of extensive study in this sketchbook. Turner’s note reading ‘Hermitage’ just below the higher of these two sketches may indicate the presence of some small, isolated structure in the landscape. The same note recurs in the Guernsey sketchbook, probably used on the same tour; see Tate D23563 (Turner Bequest CCLII 23a).

John Chu
July 2014

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Coastal Terrain, Normandy 1832 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 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-coastal-terrain-normandy-r1173441, accessed 24 May 2022.