Joseph Mallord William Turner

Three Views of Thionville

1824

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 x 78 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D19710
Turner Bequest CCXVI 81

Catalogue entry

Here Turner pictures the sixteenth-century bell tower of the old city hall at Thionville in north-eastern France. The view is framed by a narrowing street with tall buildings to the left and right. Figures go about their daily business and a carriage can be seen in the foreground at left. Further scenes of Thionville are recorded here with the sketchbook orientated horizontally; these show the bell tower, fortified gateways and city walls and the beginnings of a figure study at bottom right.

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2014

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