Joseph Mallord William Turner

Buildings with a Church Tower, 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
D24402
Turner Bequest CCLVII 119 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a view of clustered town buildings. A church tower typical of the medieval architecture of northern France is included at the centre of the scene. 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.

John Chu
January 2015

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