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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Château de Gisors from the Tour du Prisonnier, Normandy 1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 43 Recto:
Château de Gisors from the Tour du Prisonnier, Normandy 1832
Turner Bequest CCLIV 43
Pencil on white wove paper, 174 x 117 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘43’ top right, ascending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLIV – 43’ top right, ascending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a drawing taken from within the ruined castle at Gisors, located some twenty-five miles east of the Seine as it flows past Les Andelys. Viewed from the tall Tour du Prisonnier at the eastern end of the fortifications, the scene is dominated on the left by the Tour du Gouverneur, to which it is connected by a rampart, and on the right by the tall donjon on its high mound.
Gisors and its ruined stronghold were the subject of particular study in this sketchbook. For a list of associated sketches in the volume, 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 Tour du Prisonnier, 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-tour-du-prisonnier-normandy-r1173370, accessed 25 October 2021.