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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Château Gaillard and Petit Andelys, Normandy c.1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Château Gaillard and Petit Andelys, Normandy c.1832
Turner Bequest CCLXI 33
Pencil on blue paper, 137 x 192 mm
Inscribed in red ink ‘33’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLXI – 33’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner worked a pencil sketch onto this sheet of blue paper to depict a southerly view across the village of Petit Andelys, Normandy. While the hilltop ruins of the castle’s twelfth-century fortifications loom in the background, the needle-like spire of the Church of Saint-Sauveur rises above the main settlement some one hundred metres below. Sketches of this landmark on the banks of the Seine recur frequently in the Seine and Paris sketchbook; for a list of these drawings, see the entry for Tate D23982 (Turner Bequest CCLIV 51a). For the finished watercolours of the castle in the Turner Bequest which the artist worked up with a view to engraved reproduction, see Tate D24678 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 113) and D24692 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 127). All this activity culminated in two engravings in the 1835 volume of Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France; see Tate impressions T04708 and T04709.
The bottom of the centre edge of the sheet is inscribed in pencil with the note ‘D25005’.

John Chu
August 2014

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Château Gaillard and Petit Andelys, Normandy 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-chateau-gaillard-and-petit-andelys-normandy-r1173127, accessed 30 November 2021.