Joseph Mallord William Turner

Gothic Architecture, Northern France

1832

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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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
D24398
Turner Bequest CCLVII 117 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with a large, ornamented Gothic building. The sketch is too cursory in handling to suggest a definitive location for this scene although this volume contains drawings of multiple comparable structures in Paris, the Île-de-France, and along the Marne River to the east of the city. Lists of these are included in the sketchbook Introduction for comparison.

John Chu
January 2015

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