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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue; Female Figures 1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 34 Verso:
Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue; Female Figures 1826
Turner Bequest CCL 34a
Pencil on white laid paper, 91 x 131 mm
Partial watermark
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with drawings taken around the Cotentin Peninsula in Normandy. At the centre of the page is a depiction of the tower at Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue. A colour study was subsequent worked up of this site: see Tate D20219 (Turner Bequest CCXX L). Just below, inverted in relation to the drawings above, is a study of bending female figures.

John Chu
May 2015

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue; Female Figures 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-saint-vaast-la-hougue-female-figures-r1185241, accessed 21 April 2021.