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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Rouen from Canteleu, Normandy 1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 60 Recto:
Rouen from Canteleu, Normandy 1832
Turner Bequest CCLIV 60
Pencil on white wove paper, 174 x 117 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘60’ top right, ascending vertically
Stamped in black ink ‘CCLIV – 60’ top right, ascending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a panoramic view east across the Seine valley from the plateau of Canteleu towards the riverside city of Rouen. Buildings frame the lower edge of the scene and a wide expanse of blank paper in the lower right-hand quadrant represents the river. The tall towers and pinnacles of the medieval cathedral can be seen rising up in the distance towards the right-hand side of the page. For examples of the landscape views of Rouen that Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time, see Tate D24672 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 107), D24673 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 108), D24727 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 162), D24811 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 246). These culminated in three 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 T05604, T05605, T05607.
Views of Rouen recur on several pages in the sketchbook; see also folios 59 verso (D23998; Turner Bequest CCLIV 59a), 61 recto (D24001; Turner Bequest CCLIV 61), 64 verso (D24008; Turner Bequest CCLIV 64a).

John Chu
July 2014

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Rouen from Canteleu, Normandy 1832 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 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-rouen-from-canteleu-normandy-r1173404, accessed 24 January 2020.