Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Brienne-le-Château, Northern France

1832

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 175 × 127 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24388
Turner Bequest CCLVII 112 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the central strip of this page with a view of a county town or village. The handling is too cursory here to identify a definitive location although the town of Brienne-le-Château, which recurs frequently in this part of the sketchbook, had a church tower similar to the one described at the centre of this drawing. A list of these studies is provided in the sketchbook Introduction for comparison.

John Chu
January 2015

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