Joseph Mallord William Turner

Troyes, Northern France

1832

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 175 x 127 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24379
Turner Bequest CCLVII 108

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the top half of this page with a view of the medieval town of Troyes, situated about one hundred miles south-east of Paris. The roofline of Saint-Jean-au-Marché can be seen at the centre of the sketch between a clump of trees and large defensive structure. For the watercolour of this town which Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time, see Tate D24691 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 126). This led to an engraving in the 1835 volume of Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France); see Tate T04726. A list of pages in the present volume featuring Troyes is provided in the sketchbook Introduction.

John Chu
January 2015

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