Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Town Hall, Arras

1836

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D29174
Turner Bequest CCXCIII 73

Catalogue entry

This sketch depicts the Town Hall (Hotel de Ville) at Arras from the Petite Place, now renamed the Place des Heros in commemoration of Arras’s sufferings in the first world War. Reduced to ruins during bombardment the Town Hall, a masterpiece of Flemish Gothic, and arcaded buildings around the square are today restored so the ensemble appears again much as Turner saw it. Evidently, he ran out of space to record the full height of the hall’s belfry, so has supplied a separate detail of the pinnacle to the right.

David Hill
June 2010

Revised by David Blayney Brown
July 2013

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