Joseph Mallord William Turner

Renaissance Façade, Northern France

1832

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 175 × 127 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24410
Turner Bequest CCLVII 123 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with a study of a highly ornamented façade in the French Renaissance style. With its medallions and friezes, the building appears to be secular in character, perhaps a civic hall or palace. This volume includes multiple drawings of locations with buildings of this date, including especially Paris and the Île-de-France. These are listed in the sketchbook Introduction for comparison.

John Chu
January 2015

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