Joseph Mallord William Turner

Eu from the North


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite, watercolour and pen and ink on paper
Support: 232 x 323 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLIX 15

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In September 1845 Turner made his second short trip to France of that year. It was to be the last time he left England. He crossed to Dieppe and travelled along the coast towards Eu and Le Tréport. At Eu, where he made a number of watercolours, Turner renewed his acquaintance with Louis-Philippe, the 'Citizen King' of France. He dined with Louis-Philippe at the King's favourite country seat, the large structure visible at the right of this picture. Turner's stay at Eu coincided with the visit made by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to the French monarch, a timing that was probably calculated on the artist's part.

Gallery label, August 2004

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Catalogue entry

Ian Warrell has indentified this as one of a series of three views taken from the high hill to the north of Eu;1 see also D35439 and D35441 (CCCLIX 4, 6). Alternate dark and light watercolour washes describe the broad forms of the Bresle valley with the town at its centre. Fine red ink lines have been worked across the landscape, indicating architectural detail and defining the lay of the land. Particularly prominent amongst the visible landmarks is the dark-blue bulk of the medieval collégiale, or ‘collegiate church’ of Notre-Dame and St-Laurent towards the centre of the sheet.2 To the immediate right of this is the long frontage of the Château d’Eu, the summer palace of King Louis-Philippe, whose possible connection with the trip is laid out in the tour Introduction
Warrell 1995, p.39.
For a contemporary description of the collegiate church, see John Murray (ed.), Hand-Book for Travellers in France, revised ed., London, Paris and Leipzig 1844, pp.66–7.
Blank; except for patches of brown and red watercolour.

John Chu
February 2014

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