Joseph Mallord William Turner

Buildings and a Church, 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
D24485
Turner Bequest CCLVII 162

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a view of town buildings including a church with a tower in the distance. Turner travelled extensively around the satellite settlements of Paris with this sketchbook and also up the River Marne to the east of the city, so this scene was probably captured in one of the towns in those regions. The catalogue for a 1983 exhibition of Turner’s works suggested Saint-Germain-en-Laye as the location of this scene although no further explanation was given.1

John Chu
January 2015

1
John Gage, Jerrold Ziff, Nicholas Alfrey and others, J.M.W. Turner, à l’occasion du cinquantième anniversaire du British Council, exhibition catalogue, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris 1983, p.40 note 30.

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