Joseph Mallord William Turner

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


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 101 x 168 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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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