Light-towers of La Hève

Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1840 possibly

LL 3779

About this object

Turner produced nearly 200 vignettes for use as illustrations in literary works. It was thought that the gentle fading away of the design into a book’s pages gave a more harmonious reading experience. Turner’s vignettes were popular as printed illustrations but the originals were overlooked during his lifetime.

The bold colour and loose brushwork here is typical of Turner’s vignette watercolours and reflects the style of his late work. Turner’s ability to bring ‘nothingness into being’ in these works illustrates his considerable technical skill.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    The Light Towers of La Heve; Lighthouse of the Hève: mouth of the Seine. Painted for Mr. Bicknell
  • Artist(s)
    Joseph Mallord William Turner (British: English, born:probably 23 April 1775, died:19 December 1851)
  • Date
    1840 possibly
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Pencil; Wove paper
  • Measurements
    paper: 20.2 cm x 15.8 cm
  • Physical description
    A vignetted watercolour drawing in which the image's edges fade into the paper. In the right-hand foreground of the moonlit scene, there are men in a boat. Nearby a steamer and a sailing ship are amongst a group of vessels on the water. The moon appears in the distant sky. The cliffs and towers of La Hève occupy the background to the left of the scene.
  • Related people
    Elhanan Bicknell (Previous owner); Colnaghi (Previous owner); William Hesketh Lever (Previous owner); Frederick Richards Leyland (Previous owner); Mrs Newhall (Previous owner); Phillips and MacConnal (Previous owner); Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker); White (Previous owner)
  • Credit line
    Purchased by William Hesketh Lever in 1923
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Lady Lever Art Gallery collections

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Publications

  • British Watercolours and Drawings: Lord Leverhulme's Collection in the Lady Lever Art Gallery

    Jessica Feather

    Author: Jessica Feather
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press & National Museums Liverpool
    Date: 2010
    Description: Lord Leverhulme's Collection catalogue of Watercolours and Drawings in the Lady Lever Art Gallery

Ownership

Previous owners

  • William Hesketh Lever

    Owned from: 1923-08-10
    How acquired: Purchased from Phillips and MacConnal
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Phillips and MacConnal

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1923-08-10
    Disposal method: Sold to Lever
  • Mrs Newhall

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • White

    Owned from: 1872
    How acquired: Purchased from Christie's on 9 March 1872, Lot 43
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Frederick Richards Leyland

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Possibly purchased from Colnaghi
    Owned until: 1872
    Disposal method: Sold at Christie's on 9 March 1872, Lot 43
  • Colnaghi

    Owned from: 1863
    How acquired: Purchased from Christie's beween 29 April and 1 May 1863
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Elhanan Bicknell

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1863
    Disposal method: Sold at Christie's on 29 April - 1 May 1863
Object view = Fine Art
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