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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Sedan from the North-East, Looking Down on to the Fortress and the Towers of St Charles's Church 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
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Sedan from the North-East, Looking Down on to the Fortress and the Towers of St Charles’s Church 1839
D28208
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 21 a
Pencil on cream laid writing paper, 101 x 168 mm
Partial Pro Patria watermark
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is a view of the town of Sedan taken from a north-easterly vantage point. The imposing and angular forms of the fortified medieval castle, the Château de Sedan, dominate the view. To the right, the twin cupola towers of Saint-Charles-Borromée Church can be seen.
For other representations of Sedan in this sketchbook see Tate D28209–D28210; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 22–22a. There is also a colour study of the town produced on blue paper with gouache and watercolour (Tate D24578; Turner Bequest CCLIX 13). For drawings of the town in the earlier Rivers Meuse and Moselle sketchbook of 1824 see Tate D19682–D19683; Turner Bequest CCXVI 66a–67.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Sedan from the North-East, Looking Down on to the Fortress and the Towers of St Charles’s Church 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-sedan-from-the-north-east-looking-down-on-to-the-fortress-r1150485, accessed 25 January 2022.