Joseph Mallord William Turner

Church of Saint-Gervais and Saint-Protais, Gisors; The Cross at Neaufles-Saint-Martin, 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
D23966
Turner Bequest CCLIV 43 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated, the drawing at the top of this page depicts the large Gothic and Renaissance church of Saint-Gervais and Saint-Protais at Gisors, located some twenty-five miles east of the Seine as it flows past Les Andelys. Depicted from a southerly vantage, the sixteenth-century tower can be seen rising above the nave to the right.
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner also included a view taken in the terrain west of Gisors on the bottom half of this page. In the foreground can be seen the twelfth-century stone cross at Neaufles-Saint-Martin (a lucky talisman in local folklore) and beyond that, the remnants of the Tour de la Reine Blanche.1
Gisors and its ancient architecture 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

1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, p.52.

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