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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A View of Poissy, with the Collégiale Notre-Dame ?1829

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 93 Recto:
A View of Poissy, with the Collégiale Notre-Dame ?1829
Turner Bequest CCLIII 93
Pencil on pale cream laid paper, 107 x 156 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘93’ top right ascending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLIII – 93’ top right ascending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The page contains a simple sketch, drawn horizontally, looking over the town of Poissy, with the two-towered collegiate church, Collégiale Notre-Dame de Poissy, at centre, and hills in the background. Finberg it simply as a ‘Town, with church’,1 but the location has since been confirmed.2 (For information on the town, see under folio 86 recto, D23868, and for the church, under folio 91 verso; D23879.) The walls and towers depicted descending from higher ground in the foreground would correspond to the town’s former fortifications.3
Finberg 1909, II, p.771.
Warrell 1999, pp.210, 262 note 178; ?Ian Warrell, ‘Turner on the Seine: Topographical Index’, c.1999, Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain (printout in copy of Warrell 1999), p.4.
Technical notes:
There is a small brownish spot stain on the lower left edge of the page, and a darker small spot to the right of this stain.

Caroline South
May 2017

How to cite

Caroline South, ‘A View of Poissy, with the Collégiale Notre-Dame ?1829 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2017, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2019, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-view-of-poissy-with-the-collegiale-notre-dame-r1195788, accessed 21 April 2021.