Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Château de Gisors, Normandy


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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

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a south-easterly view across the ruined castle at Gisors, located some twenty-five miles east of the Seine as it flows past Les Andelys. The centre of the scene is dominated by a drawing of the tall donjon on its steep mound, with special attention paid to the impressive buttresses that scale the structure’s full height. Just to the right of this feature, glimpsed above trees, is the top of the Tour du Prisonnier.
Gisors and its ruined stronghold were the subject of particular study in this sketchbook. For a list of associated sketches in the volume, see the entry for folio 41 verso (D23962; Turner Bequest CCLIV 41a). For a slightly later watercolour study of the town’s landmarks in the Turner Bequest, see Tate D20265 (Turner Bequest CCXXII F).

John Chu
July 2014

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