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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Renaissance Façade, Northern France 1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 123 Verso:
Renaissance Façade, Northern France 1832
Turner Bequest CCLVII 123a
Pencil on white laid paper, 175 x 127 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with a study of a highly ornamented façade in the French Renaissance style. With its medallions and friezes, the building appears to be secular in character, perhaps a civic hall or palace. This volume includes multiple drawings of locations with buildings of this date, including especially Paris and the Île-de-France. These are listed in the sketchbook Introduction for comparison.

John Chu
January 2015

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Renaissance Façade, Northern France 1832 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2015, 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-renaissance-facade-northern-france-r1175438, accessed 23 May 2022.