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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner River Morlaix, Brittany 1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 9 Recto:
River Morlaix, Brittany 1826
Turner Bequest CCXLVII 9
Pencil on white laid paper, 167 x 105 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘moon’, ‘Francois’ top right, ‘Gull’ towards bottom right
Inscribed by John Ruskin in faint red ink ‘9’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXLVII – 9’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner filled this page with views of the terrain around the River Morlaix in Brittany. Tate curator Ian Warrell has identified amongst these views the Monastery of Saint-François-de-Cumbrien, a little to the north of the town of Morlaix.1 Drawings of this landscape feature on multiple pages in this part of the volume, a list of which is included in the sketchbook introduction.
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.231.
Technical Notes:
Small brown marks at the top of the page.

John Chu
September 2015

How to cite

John Chu, ‘River Morlaix, Brittany 1826 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 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-river-morlaix-brittany-r1184854, accessed 06 December 2021.