Joseph Mallord William Turner

Château Gaillard from the West, Normandy

1832

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 174 x 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23988
Turner Bequest CCLIV 54 a

Display caption

Many of Turner's designs for the two volumes of 'The Rivers of France' charting the course of the Seine are based on studies made on a tour to France in 1832. This sketchbook contains a sequence of slight and rapid studies of Château Gaillard, revealing Turner to be less concerned with amassing information than with examining the various pictorial possibilities of the site. The study on folio 55 was adapted for one of the finest illustrations he made for the series (no.32).

Gallery label, January 1992

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