Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Lieutenancy Building at Honfleur

?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
D23729
Turner Bequest CCLIII 16 a

Catalogue entry

The page contains a sketch, drawn horizontally, of a building. Finberg noted it simply as ‘Gothic house’,1 but the location has been identified as Honfleur.2 (For further information on Honfleur, see under folio 1 recto, D23699.) The building’s distinctive turreted shape renders it further identifiable as the Lieutenancy building (for further information see under folio 14 verso; D23725).
Art historian Ian Warrell notes3 that this sketch (possibly also with reference to folio 18 recto; D23732) was used as the preliminary source for Turner’s later watercolour, The Lieutenancy Building and Church of Sainte-Catherine at Honfleur, Normandy, c.1832 (Tate D24749; Turner Bequest CCLIX 184).
1
Finberg 1909, II, p.768.
2
Warrell 1999, pp.110, 259 note 34, p.269 no.70; ?Ian Warrell, ‘Turner on the Seine: Topographical Index’, c.1999, Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain (printout in copy of Warrell 1999), p.3.
3
Warrell 1999, pp.110, 259 note 34, p.269 no.70.
Technical notes:
Some blue discolouration appears on the left of the page.

Caroline South
May 2017

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