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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Four Views of Verdun, One of a Pedimented Doorway 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 24 Recto:
Four Views of Verdun, One of a Pedimented Doorway 1839
D28213
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 24
Pencil on cream laid writing paper, 101 x 168 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Doric’ at centre towards left
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘24’ bottom right
Stamped in black ink ‘CCLXXXVIII–24’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Moving clockwise from top left are two views of Verdun, followed by two small panoramic sketches of the town from a distance (the tower of Notre-Dame Cathedral visible in both). The last sketch is of an architectural feature, a pedimented doorway over which Turner has inscribed the word ‘Doric’ to describe the building’s classical order.
For other representations of Verdun in this sketchbook see Tate D28211–D28212, D28214–D28215; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 23–23a, 24a–25a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Four Views of Verdun, One of a Pedimented Doorway 1839 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-four-views-of-verdun-one-of-a-pedimented-doorway-r1150490, accessed 22 May 2022.