Joseph Mallord William Turner

Metz Cathedral from the Corner of the Place d’Armes

1839

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 101 × 168 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28233
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 35

Catalogue entry

Here Turner depicts the northern façade of the Cathedral of Saint-Étienne from the Place d’Armes at Metz. The foot of the sketch, where the portal and side chapels have been drawn, is continued on the folio opposite (Tate D28232; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 34a). Turner’s rendering of architectural features is relatively detailed: see, for example, the row of lancet windows and buttresses flanking a slender and lofty openwork spire.
For other representations of Metz Cathedral in this sketchbook see Tate D28200, D28218–D28219, D28234; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 17a, 26a–27, 35a; see also the Rivers Meuse and Moselle sketchbook of 1824 (Tate D19786; Turner Bequest CCXVI 118).

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

Read full Catalogue entry

You might like

In the shop