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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner La Coupée, Sark Island ?1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 59 Verso:
La Coupée, Sark Island ?1832
Turner Bequest CCLII 59a
Pencil on white wove paper, 187 x 114 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘S. [...]nk’ towards bottom left
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner filled this page with views of the high, jagged coastal terrain that abounds in the Channel Islands, and on Sark in particular. The relatively substantial sketch that dominates the lower left-hand quadrant records the point at which Little Sark is joined to the main island by an extremely high and narrow isthmus called La Coupée.1 The footpath over this dangerous formation can be seen winding from the bottom centre of the page towards the top left-hand corner. This geological eminence features frequently in the sketchbook; for a full listing of these drawings, see folio 56 recto (D23625; Turner Bequest CCLII 56).

John Chu
April 2014

J.T. Cochrane, A Guide to the Island of Guernsey, St Peter Port 1826, p.141.

How to cite

John Chu, ‘La Coupée, Sark Island ?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-la-coupee-sark-island-r1175124, accessed 08 December 2021.