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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner St Peter Port, Guernsey ?1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 30 Recto:
St Peter Port, Guernsey ?1832
Turner Bequest CCLII 30
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 187 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘?OIGR’ left centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘30’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLII – 30’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner filled this page will multiple, disconnected views of the built-up hills that shelter the harbour of St Peter Port on the east coast of Guernsey. The location is identifiable by the presence of the neo-Gothic tower of Elizabeth College with its four corner pinnacles. The landmark, finished in 1829, recurs three times: towards the centre of the page’s left-hand edge, just to the right of the centre, and in the top right-hand corner.1
The town of St Peter Port is the subject of particular study in this volume and recurs on folios 53 (D23619; Turner Bequest CCLII 53); 54 verso (D23622; Turner Bequest CCLII 54a); 64 verso (D23642; Turner Bequest CCLII 64a); 74 verso (D23662; Turner Bequest CCLII 74a); 82 verso to 83 verso (D23678–D23680; Turner Bequest CCLII 82a–CCLII 83a); 86 verso (D23686; Turner Bequest CCLII 86a); and 88 recto (D23689; Turner Bequest CCLII 88).

John Chu
April 2014

J.E. Collins, The Stranger’s Guide to the Islands of Guernsey and Jersey, Guernsey 1833, p.79.

How to cite

John Chu, ‘St Peter Port, Guernsey ?1832 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 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-st-peter-port-guernsey-r1175068, accessed 17 May 2022.