Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lillebonne Castle and the Church of Notre-Dame, Lillebonne

?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
D23756
Turner Bequest CCLIII 30

Catalogue entry

The page contains a sketch, drawn horizontally, of a church tower and ruined castle on a hill. Finberg noted it simply as ‘Ruined castle on hill’,1 but the location has been confirmed as Lillebonne.2 The shapes of the tower and castle conform to the Church of Notre-Dame and the castle at Lillebonne. (For information on the castle, see under folio 29 recto, D23754; and for the church, under folio 28 recto; D23752.)
1
Finberg 1909, II, p.769.
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.3.
Technical notes:
There is brownish discolouration on this page, from damage likely caused by the 1928 Tate Gallery flood (see the technical notes to the sketchbook’s Introduction), the edge of the staining apparent on the left.

Caroline South
May 2017

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