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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Château de Gisors, Normandy; Church of Saint-Gervais and Saint-Protais 1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 41 Verso:
The Château de Gisors, Normandy; Church of Saint-Gervais and Saint-Protais 1832
D23962
Turner Bequest CCLIV 41a
Pencil on white wove paper, 174 x 117 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with studies of the ancient architecture at Gisors, located some twenty-five miles east of the Seine as it flows past Les Andelys. At the extreme left-hand edge of the page can be glimpsed the base of the castle’s donjon on the high mound above the town while the Tour du Prisonnier, connected by a rampart to the Tour du Gouverneur, occupies the central passage. Towards the top right-hand corner is a description of the Renaissance tower of the nearby Church of Saint-Gervais and Saint-Protais, seen from a raking angle along its unusually wide western frontage.
Gisors and its ruined castle recur frequently in the pages of this sketchbook; see folios 37 verso to 43 verso (D23954–D23966; Turner Bequest 37a–43a), 46 recto (D23971; Turner Bequest CCLIV 46), 52 recto (D23983; Turner Bequest 52), 53 verso (D23986; Turner Bequest CCLIV 53a), 54 recto (D23987; Turner Bequest CCLIV 54), 74 verso (D24028; Turner Bequest CCLIV 74a).

John Chu
July 2014

How to cite

John Chu, ‘The Château de Gisors, Normandy; Church of Saint-Gervais and Saint-Protais 1832 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 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-the-chateau-de-gisors-normandy-church-of-saint-gervais-and-r1173367, accessed 02 December 2021.