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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Church Spire and Interior, ?Notre-Dame de Caudebec ?1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 53 Verso:
Church Spire and Interior, ?Notre-Dame de Caudebec ?1832
Turner Bequest CCLII 53a
Pencil on white wove paper, 187 x 114 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned vertically, Turner described a Gothic church interior with small figures at the top of this page, possibly from more than one vantage point. Gothic interiors recur in the volume on folios 34 recto (D23584; Turner Bequest CCLII 34) and 54 recto (D23621; Turner Bequest CCLII 54). Two sketches of a spire are featured at the bottom of the page, inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated. In so far as identification is possible here, the features of the spire broadly accord with those on the church at Caudbec-en-Caux, Normandy. Of all the Seine valley sights, Caudebec and its church were the subject of particular study in this sketchbook. For comparisons, see the list of associated sketches in the entry for folio 17 recto (D23550; Turner Bequest CCLII 17).

John Chu
April 2014

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Church Spire and Interior, ?Notre-Dame de Caudebec ?1832 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 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-church-spire-and-interior-notre-dame-de-caudebec-r1175112, accessed 26 August 2019.