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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Town Scenes ?1829

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Inside Front Cover:
Town Scenes ?1829
Pencil on pale cream laid paper, 156 x 107 mm
Stamped in black ‘CCLIII’ bottom right upside down
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The page contains three, possibly four, separate horizontal sketches, drawn with the page turned upside down. The lowest and two centre sketches continue from folio 1 recto opposite (D23699), on the left but the uppermost drawing may be a separate sketch. All appear to depict town scenes. Finberg only noted that there were ‘various slight sketches on insides of both covers’1 but the location has been suggested as the town of Harfleur2 (for further information on Harfleur, see under D23699), and the left-hand parts of the two central sketches continuing onto the opposite page are of Harfleur, which would confirm this location.
Finberg 1909, II, p.768.
?Ian Warrell, ‘Turner on the Seine: Topographical Index’, c.1999, Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain (printout in copy of Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999), p.3.
Technical notes:
There is brownish staining on the upper left and lower right of the page and rust-coloured streaking at the top corners and the bottom of the page.

Caroline South
May 2017

How to cite

Caroline South, ‘Town Scenes ?1829 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2017, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2019, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-town-scenes-r1195604, accessed 21 May 2024.