Joseph Mallord William Turner

House and Gothic Interior, Northern France

1832

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 127 × 175 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24376
Turner Bequest CCLVII 106 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated, the drawing on the top half of this page depicts interior view with Gothic vaulting. The sketch below features a depiction of a row of houses with a church tower typical of the medieval architecture of northern France. Turner travelled extensively around the satellite settlements of Paris in the Île-de-France with this sketchbook and also up the River Marne to the east of the city, so this scene was probably captured in one of those regions.

John Chu
January 2015

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