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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Fish Market, Calais c.1826-30

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Fish Market, Calais c.1826–30
Turner Bequest CCLX 46
Ink and pencil on blue paper, 138 x 191 mm
Blind stamped with the Turner Bequest monogram, bottom left
Stamped in black ‘CCLX 46’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is one of a batch of ink sketches of Calais on blue paper which can be dated on stylistic grounds to the later 1820s. The Tour de Guet and the tower of Notre-Dame de Calais rise above the surrounding buildings. The exact occasion of these studies is unknown although Turner specialist Ian Warrell has suggested a link to the return leg of the artist’s tour of Northern France in the autumn of 1826. 1 See the Introduction to this section for a list of these works.
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, pp. 32, 253 note 86, 254 note 99.
Inscribed in pencil with the notes ‘46 b’ and ‘CCLX 46’. Stamped in black with the Turner Bequest monogram and ‘CCLX – 46’.

John Chu
March 2016

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Fish Market, Calais c.1826–30 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2016, 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-fish-market-calais-r1185568, accessed 23 July 2019.