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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Le Havre, Normandy 1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 13 Verso:
Le Havre, Normandy 1826
Turner Bequest CCLI 13a
Pencil on white wove paper, 83 x 122 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘[...] B[...]’ centre, ‘Qu[...]’ ‘Cafe M[...]l’ centre right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner filled this page with multiple studies of large buildings set in coastal terrain. Tate curator Ian Warrell identified the round tower in towards the top left-hand corner of the page as the Tower of François I in Le Havre. Warrell connected this sketch with a later finished watercolour: see Tate D24699 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 134).1 The artist filled several pages of the present volume with studies of this stretch of the Normandy coast around the mouth of the River Seine, a list of which is included in the sketchbook introduction.

John Chu
July 2015

Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, p.273 under no.116.

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Le Havre, 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-le-havre-normandy-r1185325, accessed 18 May 2022.