Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Town Walls of Poissy

?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
D23884
Turner Bequest CCLIII 94

Catalogue entry

The page contains a simple sketch, drawn horizontally, of walls leading down to a rounded tower at centre. Finberg noted it as ‘City walls’,1 but the location has been confirmed as the town of Poissy.2 (For further information on the town, see under folio 86 recto; D23868.) The walls depicted would correspond to the town’s former fortifications.3

Caroline South
May 2017

1
Finberg 1909, II, p.771.
2
Warrell, Seine, 1999, pp.210, 262 note 178;and ?Ian Warrell, ‘Turner on the Seine: Topographical Index’, c.1999, Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain (printout in copy of Warrell 1999), p.4.

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