Joseph Mallord William Turner

Church of Notre-Dame, Lillebonne

?1829

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 107 × 156 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23785
Turner Bequest CCLIII 44 a

Catalogue entry

The page contains a sketch, drawn horizontally, of a church. Finberg noted it simply as ‘Church’,1 but the location has subsequently been identified as Lillebonne.2 Turner concentrates on the structural and decorative details around the church’s tower, elements which render the church identifiable as the sixteenth-century3 Church of Notre-Dame. The spire of the church continues onto folio 45 recto opposite (D23786). Other parts of the church buildings are indicated faintly in simple outline at left with one buttress-like structure picked out in greater detail.
1
Finberg 1909, II, p.769.
2
?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.3.
3
‘Parish Church of Notre-Dame, French Heritage monument to Lillebonne’, en.patrimoine-de-france.com, accessed 2 March 2017, http://en.patrimoine-de-france.com/seine-maritime/lillebonne/eglise-paroissiale-notre-dame-10.php.
Technical notes:
Brownish discolouration owing to damage likely caused by the 1928 Tate Gallery flood (see the technical notes to the sketchbook’s Introduction) is visible on the right part of the page. There is a thumbprint at the right edge of the page.

Caroline South
May 2017

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