Joseph Mallord William Turner

Château de Gisors from the Tour du Prisonnier, Normandy

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: 174 × 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23965
Turner Bequest CCLIV 43

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a drawing taken from within the ruined castle at Gisors, located some twenty-five miles east of the Seine as it flows past Les Andelys. Viewed from the tall Tour du Prisonnier at the eastern end of the fortifications, the scene is dominated on the left by the Tour du Gouverneur, to which it is connected by a rampart, and on the right by the tall donjon on its high mound.
Gisors and its ruined stronghold were the subject of particular study in this sketchbook. For a list of associated sketches in the volume, see the entry for folio 41 verso (D23962; Turner Bequest CCLIV 41a). For a slightly later watercolour study of the town’s landmarks in the Turner Bequest, see Tate D20265 (Turner Bequest CCXXII F).

John Chu
July 2014

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