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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Church of Saint-Martin, Harfleur ?1829

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 2 Verso:
Church of Saint-Martin, Harfleur ?1829
Turner Bequest CCLIII 2a
Pencil on pale cream laid paper, 156 x 107 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The page contains a sketch of what Finberg identified as a ‘Gothic church at Harfleur’1 and the location of Harfleur has been confirmed.2 (For further information on Harfleur, see under folio 1 recto, D23699.) However, Turner records architectural and decorative elements, for example gables and tracery, in some detail, which render the building identifiable further as the Church of Saint-Martin, constructed between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries.3 Turner depicts the church’s south side.

Caroline South
May 2017

Finberg 1909, II, p.768.
?Ian Warrell, ‘Turner on the Seine: Topographical Index’, c.1999, Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain (printout in copy of Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999), p.3.
‘L’église Saint-Martin’, www.harfleur.fr, accessed 9 February 2017, http://www.harfleur.fr/spip.php?article18.

How to cite

Caroline South, ‘Church of Saint-Martin, Harfleur ?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-church-of-saint-martin-harfleur-r1195608, accessed 22 May 2024.