Joseph Mallord William Turner

?The Church of Saint-Martin, Harfleur, with Distant Hills

?1829

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 107 × 156 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23747
Turner Bequest CCLIII 25 a

Catalogue entry

The page contains a simple sketch, drawn horizontally, of a church and other buildings within a hilly landscape. Finberg noted it as ‘Church, with distant hills’,1 but the location has been suggested2 as Harfleur. (For further information on Harfleur see under folio 1 recto; D23699.) The shape of the church tower corresponds to that of the Church of Saint-Martin, and the view shares similarities with Turner’s watercolour, Harfleur, c.1832 (Tate D24667; Turner Bequest CCLIX 102),3 which was engraved for Turner’s Annual Tour Wanderings by the Seine, 1834 (Tate impressions: T05596, T06225). (For further information on the church see under folio 2 verso; D23702).

Caroline South
May 2017

1
Finberg 1909, II, p.769.
2
?Ian Warrell, ‘Turner on the Seine: Topographical Index’, c.1999, Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain (printout in copy of Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999), p.3.
3
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.412 no.955, reproduced.

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