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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Waterway, Calais c.1826-30

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Waterway, Calais c.1826–30
Turner Bequest CCLX 34
Ink and pencil on blue paper, 141 x 191 mm
Blind stamped with the Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLX – 34’ bottom right
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 Tour de Guet and tower of the Hôtel de Ville can be seen on the horizon. 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 notes ‘D. 24870’ in the bottom left-hand corner of the sheet and ‘CCLX – 34’ in the bottom left-hand corner.

John Chu
March 2016

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Waterway, 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-waterway-calais-r1185563, accessed 01 December 2020.