Joseph Mallord William Turner

Houses and Church beside the River Seine at Villequier

?1829

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 107 × 156 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23811
Turner Bequest CCLIII 57 a

Catalogue entry

The page contains a sketch, drawn horizontally, of a church and other buildings. Finberg noted it as ‘Houses and church beside river’,1 and the location has been specified as Villequier,2 a town on the River Seine. The combination of pointed steeple and dome at the top of the church tower render it identifiable as that of the Church of Saint-Martin, which dates from the sixteenth century.3
1
Finberg 1909, II, p.770.
2
?Ian Warrell, ‘Turner on the Seine: Topographical Index’, c.1999, Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain (printout in copy of Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999), p.6.
Technical notes:
There is brownish discolouration on this page, the edge of the staining apparent on the right, from damage likely caused by the 1928 Tate Gallery flood (see the technical notes to the sketchbook’s Introduction). There is a small hole in the paper towards the centre of the page.

Caroline South
May 2017

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