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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?Isigny-sur-Mer, Normandy 1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 2 Verso:
?Isigny-sur-Mer, Normandy 1826
Turner Bequest CCLI 2a
Pencil on white wove paper, 83 x 122 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘R ?Vise’ towards top left, ‘[...] | [...]fon’ towards bottom left
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner filled this page with sketches of buildings in a hilly landscale. In his 1909 Inventory of the Turner Bequest, A.J. Finberg suggested that these were taken at Isigny-sur-Mer based on a semi-legible note by Turner towards the top left-hand corner of the page, which may record the name of the River Vise which runs through the town.1 The artist filled several pages of the present volume with studies of town on the Normandy coast, a list of which is included in the sketchbook introduction for comparison.

John Chu
July 2015

A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.II, p.762.

How to cite

John Chu, ‘?Isigny-sur-Mer, Normandy 1826 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 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-isigny-sur-mer-normandy-r1185303, accessed 28 November 2021.