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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Inside the Church of Notre-Dame and St-Laurent at Eu 1845

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Inside the Church of Notre-Dame and St-Laurent at Eu 1845
Turner Bequest CCCLIX 10
Pencil and watercolour on white wove paper, 327 x 236 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘10’ top right, ascending vertically
Blind stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCCLIX 10’ top right, ascending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Matthieu Pinette identifies this sketch as the interior of the large Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame and Saint-Laurent at Eu as seen from the end of the ambulatory.1 The blue area to the left represents the recession of columns down the south aisle while the warmer area of yellows and ruddy browns to the right may be intended to show one of the apertures through to the choir.2
Andrew Wilton notes both this sketch and D35442 (Turner Bequest CCCLIX 7) are remarkably similar in manner to comparable Italian subjects worked up over twenty-five years earlier; see Tate D16140 and D16141 (Turner Bequest CLXXXVII 52, 53).3
Gamble, Wildman and Pinette 2003, p.127.
For a contemporary description of the collegiate church, see John Murray (ed.), Hand-Book for Travellers in France, revised ed., London, Paris and Leipzig 1844, pp.66–7.
Wilton 1975, pp.160–1.
Blank; except for multiple patches of watercolour.

John Chu
February 2014

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Inside the Church of Notre-Dame and St-Laurent at Eu 1845 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 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-inside-the-church-of-notre-dame-and-st-laurent-at-eu-r1173541, accessed 28 January 2022.