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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy 1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 17 Verso:
Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy 1826
D23367
Turner Bequest CCL 17a
Pencil on white laid paper, 91 x 131 mm
Partial watermark
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Route de Pilliers’ right centre, ascending vertically, ‘[...] De C[...]’ towards bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with a distant view of the island-settlement of Mont Saint-Michel from the coast of Normandy. This site is featured on multiple pages in this volume, a list of which is included in the sketchbook introduction. These were subsequently used as the basis for colour studies as Turner worked towards an engraved series of Channel Coast views: see Tate D25342 (Turner Bequest CCLXIII 220), D25379 (Turner Bequest CCLXIII 256).1

John Chu
May 2015

1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, pp.158–71.

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy 1826 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 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-mont-saint-michel-normandy-r1185207, accessed 23 May 2022.