Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Gothic Church, Northern France

1832

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 175 x 127 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24387
Turner Bequest CCLVII 112

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a view of a small but highly ornamented Gothic chapel seen from a turn in a road. Illegible notes in the top and bottom right-hand corners presumably record the name of the place depicted, identifying its precise location for the artist. Turner travelled extensively around the satellite settlements of Paris with this sketchbook and also up the River Marne to the east of the city, so this scene was probably captured in one of the towns in those regions. The church appears again on folio 113 recto (D24389; Turner Bequest CCLVII 113).

John Chu
January 2015

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