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 × 127 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24380
Turner Bequest CCLVII 108 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a view of trees and densely clustered buildings. Art historians Anne Lyles and Diane Perkins have suggested that this scene depicts the cathedral town of Troyes, situated about one hundred miles south-east of Paris.1 Certainly drawings of this site appear frequently in this part of the volume. A list of these is provided in the sketchbook Introduction for comparison.

John Chu
January 2015

1
Anne Lyles and Diane Perkins, Colour into Line: Turner and the Art of Engraving, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1989, p.41 under no.27.

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