Joseph Mallord William Turner

Town Street, Northern France


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Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 175 × 127 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLVII 39 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the top half this page with a view of a high street with a small tower with a conical roof on the left-hand side of the scene. A second view, inverted in relation to the first, of a similar subject is included along the bottom edge of the page. Semi-illegible notes on each drawing presumably record the names of the places depicted, identifying their precise location for the artist. Turner travelled extensively around the satellite settlements of Paris in the Île-de-France with the sketchbook and also up the Marne River to the east of the city so these scenes was probably captured in the towns in those regions.

John Chu
January 2015

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