Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Parish Church of Notre-Dame at Le Havre, Normandy


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 174 × 117 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLIV 83

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with a drawing of the grand Parish Church at Le Havre and its surrounding buildings. Particular attention has been paid to the recession of irregular architectural masses in perspective and to the elaborate stone ornamentation of the ecclesiastic structure. This important building did not feature in either of the two depictions of the town included in the 1834 volume of Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France); see Tate impressions T05594 and T04699. However, a comparable watercolour sketch from around the same date suggests that this possibility was under consideration; see Tate D24816 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 251). A list of pages in the sketchbook featuring Le Havre and Cap de la Hève is provided in the entry for folio 48 recto (D23975; Turner Bequest CCLIV 48).

John Chu
July 2014

Read full Catalogue entry


You might like

In the shop