Joseph Mallord William Turner

Buildings above the River Seine


Not on display

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 107 × 156 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLIII 70 a

Catalogue entry

The page contains a sketch, drawn horizontally, of a riverbank, with the river in the foreground sweeping past the high bank at left, and buildings perched up on this high ground. Finberg called this sketch ‘“Croix de Rouge”’,1 taken from Turner’s inscription (which translates into English as ‘Red Cross’) at top right, but it is not clear to what this refers, as this does not seem to be a local place-name.
The location has been confirmed as a view of the River Seine between Le Havre and Rouen2 and the preceding and following sketches correspond with Turner travelling eastwards along the Seine and therefore indicate a more specific location between Duclair and Rouen; however, the church or chateau-like buildings depicted are as yet not identifiable.

Caroline South
May 2017

Finberg 1909, II, p.771.
?Ian Warrell, ‘Turner on the Seine: Topographical Index’, c.1999, Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain (printout in copy of Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999), p.5.

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