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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Granville, Normandy c.1827-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Granville, Normandy c.1827–8
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 234
Watercolour on white wove paper, 190 x 273 mm
Partial watermark [...]E & S. | 1823’
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘234’ bottom right
Blind stamped with the Turner Bequest monogram centre
Stamped in black ‘CCLXIII – 234’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is one of a batch of colour sketches of the promontory Granville in Normandy which Turner worked up from material gathered on his 1826 tour of Northern France. It is based on pencil drawings jotted down in the Cherbourg, Coutances and Mont St Michel sketchbook; see D23345 and D23362 (Turner Bequest CCL 5a, 15).1 See the Introduction to this section for a list of the comparable colour sketches of Granville. These may have been worked up in connection with one of several abortive attempts to put the material gathered on the 1826 tour of Northern France to use, most likely the failed The English Channel or La Manche print series.2
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, pp. 217 no.40.
Warrell, London 1997, pp.165–71.
See Tate D40140.

John Chu
March 2016

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Granville, Normandy c.1827–8 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-granville-normandy-r1185592, accessed 20 January 2022.