Joseph Mallord William Turner

Riverside Terrain; ?Bry-sur-Marne, Île-de-France

1832

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 174 × 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24009
Turner Bequest CCLIV 65

Catalogue entry

Inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated, the small drawings that fill this page depict a riverside landscape of hills and churches. Art historian Ian Warrell has identified this as one of the empty pages remaining towards the end of the 1832 Seine tour which Turner subsequently used for sketches of the Marne valley near Paris. That being the case, the small towered church recurring twice at the bottom of the page may represent the medieval Parish Church of Saint-Gervais and Saint-Potais at Bry-sur-Marne.1

John Chu
July 2014

1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, pp.49, 256 note 195

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