Joseph Mallord William Turner

Church of Saint-Gervais and Saint-Protais at Gisors, Normandy

1832

In Tate Britain

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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
D23957
Turner Bequest CCLIV 39

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a view taken within the town of Gisors, located some twenty-five miles east of the Seine as it flows past Les Andelys. The left-hand side of the page is dominated by the Gothic and Renaissance Church of Saint-Gervais and Saint-Protais, with its grand tower rising to the top left-hand corner of the page and its unusually bulky east end running the length of the street. The strong perspective is terminated by the medieval castle’s Tour du Prisonnier, a short distance north of this spot.
Gisors and its ancient architecture are 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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