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
D24400
Turner Bequest CCLVII 118 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the central strip of this page with a studies of ecclesiastical buildings at the town of Troyes, situated about one hundred miles south-east of Paris. The Gothic Church of Saint-Urbain dominates the right-hand side of the page. 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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