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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Town Buildings, Normandy 1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 23 Recto:
Town Buildings, Normandy 1826
Turner Bequest CCL 23
Pencil on white laid paper, 91 x 131 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘V[...] Caffe’ towards bottom left, ‘Caffe B[...]’ towards bottom right
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘23’ top right, ascending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCL – 23’ 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 loose drawings of town buildings with church spires beyond. Various urban settlements are recorded in this volume, including Cherbourg, Granville, and Coutances. Lists of these major sites are provided in the sketchbook introduction for comparison.

John Chu
May 2015

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Town Buildings, Normandy 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-town-buildings-normandy-r1185218, accessed 29 March 2020.