Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Bishop’s Palace and Cathedral, Verdun, from the Bridge over the Canalised Meuse to the South-West

1824

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 78 × 118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D19694
Turner Bequest CCXVI 73

Catalogue entry

Here Turner depicts a view at Verdun in north-eastern France. Shown in this sketch is the grand residence of the Bishops of Verdun, the Palais Episcopal, with the Cathedral of Our Lady adjacent to it. The residence was constructed in 1763 to the designs of Robert de Cotte, chief architect to King Louis XV.1 In 1792 it sustained significant damage during a siege of the city by Revolutionary armies, and suffered further destruction in the 1916 Battle of Verdun.2 Built on a slight ridge, the palace overlooks the streets of city below and the Meuse meanders through it via a series of canals. For further sketches of Verdun, see Tate D19691, D19695–D19698; Turner Bequest CCXVI 71a, 73a–75.

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2014

1
‘Le palais épiscopal’, Tourisme Verdun, accessed 21 April 2014, http://www.tourisme-verdun.fr/palais-episcopal.php
2
Ibid.

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