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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?The Normandy Coast 1845

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Inside Front Cover:
?The Normandy Coast 1845
Turner Bequest CCCLX 1
Pencil and watercolour on white wove paper, 232 x 332 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘1’ top right, upside down
Stamped in black ‘CCCLX 1’ top right, upside down
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject of this loose, pinkish brown and ochre watercolour sketch is difficult to determine. In his 1909 Inventory, Finberg ventured that the page depicted a banqueting scene, presumably with folios 19–22 verso of the sketchbook in mind (D35478, D35480, D35482, D35484; Turner Bequest 20–3) although it is hard to say on what grounds.1 The inside covers of other ‘roll sketchbooks’ from around this date frequently feature extremely liquid coastal views so the present sketch may be a less resolved example of such a piece; see for example, inside covers from the Ideas of Folkestone sketchbook (Tate D35361; Turner Bequest CCCLVI 1) and the Boulogne sketchbook (Tate D35435; Turner Bequest, CCCLVIII 24).

John Chu
February 2014

Finberg 1909, vol.II, p.1170.

How to cite

John Chu, ‘?The Normandy Coast 1845 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 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-the-normandy-coast-r1173555, accessed 29 January 2022.