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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?Lillebonne Castle, Normandy ?1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 37 Recto:
?Lillebonne Castle, Normandy ?1832
Turner Bequest CCLII 37
Pencil on white wove paper, 187 x 114 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘37’ top right running vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLII – 37’ top right running vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned vertically, Turner devoted this page to cursory sketches of hilly terrain with tall towers. These features accord with the ruined medieval castle at Lillebonne, Normandy, close to the Normandy banks of the Seine. For comparisons, see examples of the watercolours on this subject that Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time: Tate D24675 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 110), D24676 (Turner Bequest CCCLIX 111), and D24807 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 242). These culminated in two engravings in the 1834 volume of Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France); see Tate impressions T05599 and T05600.

John Chu
April 2014

How to cite

John Chu, ‘?Lillebonne Castle, 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-lillebonne-castle-normandy-r1175082, accessed 22 May 2022.