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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Château de Gisors from the East, Normandy 1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 53 Verso:
Château de Gisors from the East, Normandy 1832
D23986
Turner Bequest CCLIV 53a
Pencil on white wove paper, 174 x 117 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page an easterly view of the eleventh-century castle at Gisors, located some twenty-five miles east of the Seine as it flows past Les Andelys. Above the foreground’s picturesque tangle of vernacular buildings, the central donjon of the fortifications rises on its high mound with the Tour du Prisonnier just to the left.
Gisors and its ancient stronghold were the subject of particular study in this sketchbook. For a list of associated sketches in the volume, see the entry see the entry for folio 41 verso (D23962; Turner Bequest CCLIV 41a). For a slightly later watercolour study of the town’s landmarks in the Turner Bequest, see Tate D20265 (Turner Bequest CCXXII F).

John Chu
July 2014

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Château de Gisors from the East, Normandy 1832 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 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-chateau-de-gisors-from-the-east-normandy-r1173391, accessed 17 October 2021.