This sheet is one of a series of sketches associated with a tour of the Seine with a proposed dating of 1827–9. The studies are characterised by the use of pen and ink on blue paper; for more information see the Introduction to this section.
The main attraction for artists visiting the church of Notre-Dame in Louviers, Normandy, was the south façade and porch, known as a key example of late Gothic Flamboyant architecture: for more information and a depiction of the south façade see Tate D24840 (Turner Bequest CCLX 4). As Ian Warrell has commented, Turner did not confine himself to the church’s exterior, also taking time to sketch the interior of the church.1 The present study appears to have been made from the north aisle during a service,2 and provides a commentary on the religious activity of the Catholic congregation from the perspective of an interested onlooker. Figures praying in a variety of poses, a statue of the Virgin and architectural elements such as the pointed Gothic arches are among the details depicted.
This sheet has been laid down on heavy paper and the verso could not be checked at the time of cataloguing.