Joseph Mallord William Turner

Street Scene with the Church of Notre-Dame, Lillebonne


Not on display

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 156 × 107 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLIII 30 a

Catalogue entry

The page contains a sketch, drawn with the page turned upside down, of a street scene with a church on the right. Finberg suggested an identification of ‘Street, with church (Probably Lillebonne.)’,1and the location has been confirmed.2 The shape of the church tower corresponds to that of Notre-Dame, and the shapes to the left of the church tower appear to be the rounded and ruined towers of Lillebonne castle. (For information on the castle, see under folio 29 recto, D23754; and for the church, under folio 28 recto; D23752.)
Finberg 1909, II, p.769.
?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.
Technical notes:
There is brownish discolouration on this page, from damage likely caused by the 1928 Tate Gallery flood (see the technical notes to the sketchbook’s Introduction), the edge of the staining apparent towards the top of the page.

Caroline South
May 2017

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