Joseph Mallord William Turner

Notre-Dame, Mézières, with the Porte de Saint-Julien and Fortifications

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
D28195
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 15

Catalogue entry

Here Turner depicts the same fortified wall and arched gateway, known as the Porte de Saint-Julien, as in the previous folio (Tate D28194; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 14a). The tower of the Gothic Basilica of Notre-Dame d’Espérance can be seen rising loftily at the right. This and other sketches of Notre-Dame (Tate D28191, D28193, D28196, D28199, D28201, D28204; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 13, 14, 15a, 17, 18, 19a) constitute preparatory studies for a gouache and watercolour drawing of Mézières executed on blue paper in 1839 (Tate D24731; Turner Bequest CCLIX 166).

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

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