Joseph Mallord William Turner

Notre-Dame, Mézières, from the North-East with Fortifications Including the Tour d’Ecole and the Tour Militaire and the Meuse in the Distance

1839

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 101 x 168 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28196
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 15 a

Catalogue entry

Rendered in swift and loose line, this sketch Turner depicts Mézières from a north-easterly angle: a view which incorporates the imposing Gothic Basilica of Notre-Dame d’Espérance and the Tour d’Ecole and Tour Militaire in the foreground. The curving meander of the Meuse can be seen in the distance. This drawing, and other sketches of Mézières (see Tate D28191, D28193, D28195, D28199, D28201, D28204; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19a), constitute preparatory studies for a gouache and watercolour executed on blue paper in 1839 (Tate D24731; Turner Bequest CCLIX 166).

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

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