J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Street, ?Northern France c.1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Street, ?Northern France c.1832
Pencil on blue paper, 190 x 135 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This drawing was not recorded by Finberg in his Turner Bequest Inventory. Turner worked a pencil drawing onto this sheet of blue paper to depict the recession in perspective of a street of irregular buildings. The sketch is too cursory to identify the subject with certainty, although the verso of the sheet depicts the village of Petit Andelys, Normandy perhaps indicating a nearby location for this scene; see Tate D25094 (Turner Bequest CCLXI 122).
Technical notes:
A rectangle of darker blue paper at the centre of the sheet indicates damage from prolonged exposure to light.

John Chu
August 2014

How to cite

John Chu, ‘A Street, ?Northern France c.1832 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-street-northern-france-r1173136, accessed 22 August 2019.