Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Church of Notre-Dame d’Espérance, Mézières, and the Pont de Pierre, from the South-East

1839

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 101 x 168 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28191
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 13

Catalogue entry

Cecilia Powell has identified this view as Mézières, taken from a south-easterly perspective. The sketch formed the basis for an impressive and highly wrought colour drawing of the same view executed in gouache and watercolour on blue paper (Tate D24731; Turner Bequest CCLIX 166). The arched stone bridge, the Pont de Pierre, traverses the Meuse at centre with the profile of the tower of the celebrated Gothic Church of Notre-Dame d’Espérance (Our Lady of Hope) at the right. At top left, close to the gutter of the sketchbook, is a small rough drawing of a building with trees.
For other sketches of Mézières and the Church of Notre-Dame d’Espérance in this sketchbook see Tate D28193, D28195, D28196, D28199, D28201, D28201; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 14, 15, 15a, 17, 18, 19a). See also the 1824 Rivers Meuse and Moselle sketchbook (Tate D19639; Turner Bequest CCXVI 45).

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

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