John Mallord William Turner, R.A., 'The Castle at Tancarville, Normandy' -John Mallord William Turner, R.A. (British, 1775-1851), 'The Castle at Tancarville, Normandy', a gouache and watercolour sketch 7 x 6in (17 x 14cm) on blue paper that depicts a ruined castle on its rocky platform overlooking the Seine with a crowd providing colour and compositional interest to the foreground. The lot was accompanied by a copy of a letter to Neame, dated February 19, 1951, from art dealer Charles Gerald Agnew (1882-1954) in which the sketch was discussed.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
London-born Joseph Mallord William Turner was the most versatile, successful, and controversial landscape painter of nineteenth-century England. Demonstrating mastery of watercolor, oil painting, and etching, his voluminous output ranges from depictions of local topography to atmospheric renderings of fearsome storms and awe-inspiring terrain. Though profoundly influenced by landscapists and history painters of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Turner was an innovator who has been hailed as a forerunner of modernist abstraction.
Excellent condition, stored professionally in Brink's Hong Kong.