Joseph Mallord William Turner

Distant View of Abbeville with Windmill

1824

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 78 × 118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D19938
Turner Bequest CCXVI 194

Catalogue entry

This previously unidentified sketch is in fact a view of Abbeville taken from its outskirts. The profiles of Saint-Vulfran Church, the Belfry, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre are visible, as is a windmill at right. Turner produced another version of the same prospect in the sketches Tate D20116–D20117; CCXVII 22–23 which are located in the Huy and Dinant sketchbook. This larger book was particularly appropriate for horizontal format landscape views and was used by the artist at the beginning of the 1824 tour and at Abbeville, towards the end of his itinerary. See also Tate D19939–D19940; Turner Bequest CCXVI 194a–195.

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2014

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