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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Abbeville, with Saint-Vulfran Collegiate Church 1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 196 Verso:
Abbeville, with Saint-Vulfran Collegiate Church 1824
Turner Bequest CCXVI 189 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 118 x 78 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This carefully rendered study shows the town of Abbeville in the Picardy region of northern France, which Turner visited on 10 and 13 September 1824. The artist sketches from the present-day Parvis Saint-Vulfran, recording the street scene before him. The towers of the collegiate church dedicated to St Vulfran are drawn in detail at centre, rising above the traditional buildings which line the walkway. A bustle of figures peoples the foreground. For other drawings of Abbeville, including Turner’s studies of the church in this sketchbook, see Tate D18582, D19931–D19933, D19935, D19937, D19943, D19945–D19948, D20116–D20117; Turner Bequest CCXI 37a, CCXVI 190a–191a, 192a, 193a, 196a, 197a–199, CCXVII 22–23 and Tate Impression T04763.

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2014

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Abbeville, with Saint-Vulfran Collegiate Church 1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 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-abbeville-with-saint-vulfran-collegiate-church-r1174725, accessed 06 December 2021.