Joseph Mallord William Turner

A View of Poissy, with the Collégiale Notre-Dame

?1829

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 107 × 156 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23882
Turner Bequest CCLIII 93

Catalogue entry

The page contains a simple sketch, drawn horizontally, looking over the town of Poissy, with the two-towered collegiate church, Collégiale Notre-Dame de Poissy, at centre, and hills in the background. Finberg it simply as a ‘Town, with church’,1 but the location has since been confirmed.2 (For information on the town, see under folio 86 recto, D23868, and for the church, under folio 91 verso; D23879.) The walls and towers depicted descending from higher ground in the foreground would correspond to the town’s former fortifications.3
1
Finberg 1909, II, p.771.
2
Warrell 1999, pp.210, 262 note 178; ?Ian Warrell, ‘Turner on the Seine: Topographical Index’, c.1999, Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain (printout in copy of Warrell 1999), p.4.
Technical notes:
There is a small brownish spot stain on the lower left edge of the page, and a darker small spot to the right of this stain.

Caroline South
May 2017

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