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Album half-bound in brown leather with gilt ruling and gold tooling, red boards, and fixed and free endpapers, with "NORMAN DRAWINGS" on the spine, originally containing 79 leaves (3 cut away and 2 mutilated) with 82 drawings (directly on the album leaf or laid down) and 2 prints with mainly buildings, architectural details, sculpture and views in France, also a titlepage and 2 leaves with a list of contents; including views in Barentan, Les Andelys, Bayeux, Caen, Bernay, Bourgachard, Dieppe, Evreux, Falaise, Fécamp, Gisors, Gournay, Graville, Haute Allemagne, Jumieges, Lisieux, Montevilliers, Pont Audemer, Pont de l'Arche, Rouen, St Sauveur le Vincent, Tancarville, Amboise, Antwerp, Beaumont, Beuges, Blois, Cambray, Chamont, Foucarmont, Lisle, Neuilly, Rivienne Tibouville, Orleans, St Quintin and St Cyr, also a wagon, and studies of the costume of peasants, women, and a soldier. 1817-1819
Most drawings in graphite, a few with wash; some in pen and ink, usually over graphite; one watercolour over graphite
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Height: 311 millimetres
Width: 240 millimetres (covers)
- Curator's comments
- The drawings are mainly by Mrs Dawson Turner (nee Mary Palgrave) and her daughter Elizabeth Turner (later Lady Palgrave). Mrs Turner and her daughters (including Mary Anne Turner) were pupils of Cotman and joined him in Normandy in 1818 when he was working on Norman Antiquities for Dawson Turner. Letters describing their tour are in this department (see S. Kitson, 'Life of J S Cotman' pp.201ff).
The titlepage and list of contents do not have registration numbers. One drawing has registration number 1941-12-13-238a, and the two prints have registration numbers 1941-12-13-221 and 222. In general, each drawing has an individual registration number, but 1941-12-13-160 applies to two sheets with different sketches, laid down on one album leaf. A list of contents notes the names of Charles A. Stothard (who was in Normandy with his wife at this time - see her letters published 1820), Daniel Gurney (who had toured Ireland in 1813 and whose drawings were later etched by Cotman; possibly related to Turner's partner Hudson Gurney), F. Palgrave (possibly Sir Francis P. who married Elizabeth Turner) and E.H. Langlois (Rouen artist and antiquary) alongside many of the subjects listed, possibly indicating that they are the artists of these sheets or that the Turner women copied their original drawings.
Page 29 has a drawing of the Castle of Gisors by Cotman, signed J.S.C. Page 25, according to the idex, had another drawing of a dog-iron probably by Cotman; this page has been cut out.
See Dawson Turner, 'Account of a Tour in Normandy', 1820, 2 vols; see also Miklos Rajnai, 'John Sell Cotman: Drawings from Normandy in Norwich Castle Museum' Norwich 1975; for more recent work on Cotman, Turner and their families and friends in Normandy, see Diederik Bakhuys's essay and catalogue entries in the exhibition catalogue 'Voyages pittoresques Normandie, 1820-2009' exh. Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, 2009
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- A note inscribed in a later hand at the front of the album includes: " F.[T]. Palgrave/Bought at Mr. D. Gurney's/sale : Dec.1881"
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