Joseph Mallord William Turner Street with a Church Tower, Northern France 1832

Artwork details

Street with a Church Tower, Northern France
From Paris and Environs Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCLVII
Date 1832
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 175 x 127 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLVII 90 a
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Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a view of town buildings clustered round an open space. The lower stories of a Gothic church tower typical of the medieval architecture of northern France is included on the left-hand side of the scene. Turner travelled extensively around the satellite settlements of Paris with this sketchbook and also up the River Marne to the east of the city, so this scene was probably captured in one of the towns in those regions.

John Chu
January 2015

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