Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lillebonne Castle

?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
D23768
Turner Bequest CCLIII 36

Catalogue entry

The page contains a sketch, drawn horizontally, of a ruined castle on high rocky ground overlooking a church tower at bottom left. Finberg indicated this sketch as ‘Ruined castle: Lillebonne’,1 and the location of Lillebonne has been confirmed.2 In this sketch, Turner concentrates on the details of the castle tower at top left, and on the left side of the donjon tower, indicating the latter’s rounded structure. (For further information on the castle, see under folio 29 recto; D23754.)
The church tower, indicated by a few minimal pencil strokes, is identifiable from its shape and location as that of the Church of Notre-Dame, Lillebonne. (For further information on the church, see under folio 28 recto, D23752.)

Caroline South
May 2017

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.

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