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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Distant View of Abbeville with Windmill 1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 201 Recto:
Distant View of Abbeville with Windmill 1824
Turner Bequest CCXVI 194
Pencil on white wove paper, 78 x 118 mm
Inscribed in blue ink by Ruskin ‘194’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CCXVI–194’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This previously unidentified sketch is in fact a view of Abbeville taken from its outskirts. The profiles of Saint-Vulfran Church, the Belfry, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre are visible, as is a windmill at right. Turner produced another version of the same prospect in the sketches Tate D20116–D20117; CCXVII 22–23 which are located in the Huy and Dinant sketchbook. This larger book was particularly appropriate for horizontal format landscape views and was used by the artist at the beginning of the 1824 tour and at Abbeville, towards the end of his itinerary. See also Tate D19939–D19940; Turner Bequest CCXVI 194a–195.

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2014

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Distant View of Abbeville with Windmill 1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 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-distant-view-of-abbeville-with-windmill-r1174734, accessed 26 January 2021.