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 59 Recto:
Coutances, Normandy 1826
Turner Bequest CCL 59
Pencil on white laid paper, 91 x 131 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘59’ top right, ascending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCL – 59’ top right, ascending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled most of this page with a view of the city of Coutances in Normandy. The crumbling medieval aqueduct crosses lower right-hand quadrant of the page while the cathedral is shown in the upper left-hand corner. Multiple pages in this volume feature sketches of this settlement and its monuments, 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-r1185290, accessed 26 January 2021.