Joseph Mallord William Turner

Abbeville, with Saint-Vulfran Collegiate Church

1824

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 x 78 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D19929
Turner Bequest CCXVI 189 a

Catalogue entry

This carefully rendered study shows the town of Abbeville in the Picardy region of northern France, which Turner visited on 10 and 13 September 1824. The artist sketches from the present-day Parvis Saint-Vulfran, recording the street scene before him. The towers of the collegiate church dedicated to St Vulfran are drawn in detail at centre, rising above the traditional buildings which line the walkway. A bustle of figures peoples the foreground. For other drawings of Abbeville, including Turner’s studies of the church in this sketchbook, see Tate D18582, D19931–D19933, D19935, D19937, D19943, D19945–D19948, D20116–D20117; Turner Bequest CCXI 37a, CCXVI 190a–191a, 192a, 193a, 196a, 197a–199, CCXVII 22–23 and Tate Impression T04763.

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2014

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