Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lillebonne Castle and the Church of Notre-Dame


Not on display

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 107 × 156 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLIII 42 a

Catalogue entry

The page contains a sketch, drawn horizontally, of castle buildings on a hillside, overlooking a town, with a church tower and hills in the background at left. The viewpoint and scene are similar to previous sketches (see folios 39 recto and verso, 40 recto and verso, and also folio 33 verso; D23774–D23777, and D23763). Finberg noted the subject as ‘Lillebonne’,1 and the location of has been confirmed.2
From the shapes and positions of the castle buildings and church tower, the view is identifiable as of Lillebonne castle and the Church of Notre-Dame, Lillebonne. (For information on the castle, see under folio 29 recto, D23754; and for the church, under folio 28 recto; D23752.)
Finberg 1909, II, p.769.
?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.3.
Technical notes:
There are brownish stains towards the right side of the page, and fainter stains at centre bottom, the bottom right corner, and top right edge.

Caroline South
May 2017

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