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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Tour de Guet and Hôtel de Ville, Calais c.1826-30

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Tour de Guet and Hôtel de Ville, Calais c.1826–30
Turner Bequest CCLX 132
Ink and pencil on blue paper, 191 x 144 mm
Inscribed in ink by Turner ‘Hotel Mout[...]’ bottom centre
Stamped in black ‘CCLX 132’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is one of a batch of ink sketches of Calais on blue paper which can be dated on stylistic grounds to the later 1820s. The exact occasion of these studies is unknown although Turner specialist Ian Warrell has suggested a link to the return leg of the artist’s tour of Northern France in the autumn of 1826.1 See the Introduction to this section for a list of these works.
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, pp. 32, 253 note 86, 254 note 99.
Inscribed in pencil with the note ‘D24968’ in the bottom left-hand corner of the sheet.

John Chu
March 2016

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Tour de Guet and Hôtel de Ville, Calais c.1826–30 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2016, 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-tour-de-guet-and-hotel-de-ville-calais-r1185575, accessed 20 September 2021.