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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Quayside Landscapes, Le Havre ?1829

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 8 Verso:
Quayside Landscapes, Le Havre ?1829
Turner Bequest CCLIII 8a
Pencil on pale cream laid paper, 107 x 156 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The page contains two sketches, drawn horizontally, of buildings and a bastion along the coast, with higher ground indicated in the background. Finberg recorded these sketches as ‘Houses on quay, &c.’;1 however, the location of Le Havre has been confirmed.2 Art historian Ian Warrell mentions3 that this page and folio 9 recto opposite (D23715) relate to Turner’s later watercolour The Porte Royale at Le Havre, Normandy, c.1832 (Tate D24746; Turner Bequest CCLIX 181).
Turner records the shapes of buildings, including a tower right of centre in the upper sketch, and also seems to loosely indicate the masts and rigging of a ship on the far left of the bottom sketch. The lower sketch in addition depicts buildings nested atop the higher ground at centre right. The lower sketch may be a continuation of the upper panorama.

Caroline South
May 2017

Finberg 1909, II, p.768.
?Ian Warrell, ‘Turner on the Seine: Topographical Index’, c.1999, Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain (printout in copy of Warrell 1999), p.3.
Warrell 1999, p.269 no.65.

How to cite

Caroline South, ‘Quayside Landscapes, Le Havre ?1829 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2017, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2019, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-quayside-landscapes-le-havre-r1195620, accessed 22 May 2024.