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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Coutances, Normandy 1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 8 Recto:
Coutances, Normandy 1826
Turner Bequest CCL 8
Pencil on white laid paper, 131 x 91 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘8’ top left, inverted
Stamped in black ‘CCL – 8’ top left, inverted
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner filled this page with views of the monuments of the city of Coutance in Normandy. At the centre of the page is depicted the gothic Church of Saint-Pierre. Inverted in relation to the sketches above, there is a drawing of the city’s crumbling medieval aqueduct at the bottom of the page. Multiple pages in this volume feature sketches of this settlement, a list of which is included in the sketchbook introduction.

John Chu
May 2015

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Coutances, Normandy 1826 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 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-coutances-normandy-r1185190, accessed 19 April 2021.