Joseph Mallord William Turner

Church Spire and Interior, ?Notre-Dame de Caudebec


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 187 × 114 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLII 53 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned vertically, Turner described a Gothic church interior with small figures at the top of this page, possibly from more than one vantage point. Gothic interiors recur in the volume on folios 34 recto (D23584; Turner Bequest CCLII 34) and 54 recto (D23621; Turner Bequest CCLII 54). Two sketches of a spire are featured at the bottom of the page, inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated. In so far as identification is possible here, the features of the spire broadly accord with those on the church at Caudbec-en-Caux, Normandy. Of all the Seine valley sights, Caudebec and its church were the subject of particular study in this sketchbook. For comparisons, see the list of associated sketches in the entry for folio 17 recto (D23550; Turner Bequest CCLII 17).

John Chu
April 2014

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