Joseph Mallord William Turner

Château Gaillard and Petit Andelys, Normandy


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 196 × 138 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

Catalogue entry

This drawing was not recorded by Finberg in his Turner Bequest Inventory. Turner worked a pencil sketch onto this sheet of blue paper to depict the architecture around the village of Petit Andelys in Normandy. While the ruins of the village’s twelfth-century hilltop fortifications loom over the scene in the top half of the sheet, the more modest buildings of the main settlement huddle in the foreground some one hundred metres below. Sketches of this village on the banks of the Seine recur frequently in the Seine and Paris sketchbook; for a list of these drawings, see the main entry for Tate D23982 (Turner Bequest CCLIV 51a). For the finished watercolours of the castle in the Turner Bequest which the artist worked up with a view to engraved reproduction, see Tate D24678 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 113) and D24692 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 127). These culminated in two engravings in the 1835 volume of Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France); see Tate impressions T04708 and T04709.
Technical notes:
The verso of this sheet is catalogued under Tate D25009 (Turner Bequest CCLXI 37).

John Chu
August 2014

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