Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Évreux, Normandy

1826

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 182 x 115 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24102
Turner Bequest CCLV 14 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned vertically, Turner filled this page with a street scene with a gothic tower and onion dome rising up beyond. Art historian Maurice Guillaud has proposed that the drawing was made in Évreux in Normandy although the architectural details recorded here do not accord with the cathedral in that city in its current state.1

John Chu
July 2015

1
Maurice Guillaud, Nicholas Alfrey, Andrew Wilton and others, J.M.W. Turner en France: aquarelles, peintures, dessins, gravures, carnets de croquis / Turner in France: Watercolours, Paintings, Drawings, Engravings, Sketchbooks, exhibition catalogue, Centre Culturel du Marais, Paris 1981, p.357.

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