Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Château de Gisors, Normandy; Church of Saint-Gervais and Saint-Protais


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 174 × 117 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLIV 41 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with studies of the ancient architecture at Gisors, located some twenty-five miles east of the Seine as it flows past Les Andelys. At the extreme left-hand edge of the page can be glimpsed the base of the castle’s donjon on the high mound above the town while the Tour du Prisonnier, connected by a rampart to the Tour du Gouverneur, occupies the central passage. Towards the top right-hand corner is a description of the Renaissance tower of the nearby Church of Saint-Gervais and Saint-Protais, seen from a raking angle along its unusually wide western frontage.
Gisors and its ruined castle recur frequently in the pages of this sketchbook; see folios 37 verso to 43 verso (D23954–D23966; Turner Bequest 37a–43a), 46 recto (D23971; Turner Bequest CCLIV 46), 52 recto (D23983; Turner Bequest 52), 53 verso (D23986; Turner Bequest CCLIV 53a), 54 recto (D23987; Turner Bequest CCLIV 54), 74 verso (D24028; Turner Bequest CCLIV 74a).

John Chu
July 2014

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