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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Hilly Terrain, ?Guernsey or Normandy ?1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 13 Recto:
Hilly Terrain, ?Guernsey or Normandy ?1832
Turner Bequest CCLII 13
Pencil on white wove paper, 187 x 114 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘13’ top right running vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLII – 13’ top right running vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned vertically, Turner worked a rapid drawing of hilly terrain towards the top of this page. The long lines that descend from right to left terminate in scratchy pencil passages, suggesting settlements nestled at the base of large hills. Such landscapes can be found on both the Channel Island coasts and on the Normandy banks of the Seine, both of which feature prominently in this sketchbook.

John Chu
April 2014

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Hilly Terrain, ?Guernsey or Normandy ?1832 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 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-hilly-terrain-guernsey-or-normandy-r1175036, accessed 26 January 2022.