Joseph Mallord William Turner

The North Portal of Saint-Gervais and Saint-Protais at Gisors, Normandy

1832

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 174 × 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23955
Turner Bequest CCLIV 38

Catalogue entry

Inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated, the drawing in the top half of this page depicts the Gothic and Renaissance church at Gisors, located some twenty-five miles east of the Seine as it flows past Les Andelys. Clearly visible are the highly ornamented north portal, with its flanking towers and rose window and, beyond this, the grand tower of the western façade.
Gisors and its ancient architecture are 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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