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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Church of Notre-Dame, Lillebonne ?1829

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 44 Recto:
The Church of Notre-Dame, Lillebonne ?1829
D23784
Turner Bequest CCLIII 44
Pencil on pale cream laid paper, 156 x 107 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘44’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLIII – 44’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page contains a sketch, of a church tower. Finberg noted it simply as ‘Church spire’,1 but the location has subsequently been identified as Lillebonne.2 Turner depicts the decoration of the tower in some detail, which renders the church identifiable as the sixteenth-century3 Church of Notre-Dame.
1
Finberg 1909, II, p.769.
2
?Ian Warrell, ‘Turner on the Seine: Topographical Index’, c.1999, Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain (printout in copy of Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999), p.3.
3
‘Parish Church of Notre-Dame, French Heritage monument to Lillebonne’, en.patrimoine-de-france.com, accessed 2 March 2017, http://en.patrimoine-de-france.com/seine-maritime/lillebonne/eglise-paroissiale-notre-dame-10.php.
Technical notes:
There is brownish discolouration owing to damage likely caused by the 1928 Tate Gallery flood (see the technical notes to the sketchbook’s Introduction) visible in the lower part of the page.

Caroline South
May 2017

How to cite

Caroline South, ‘The Church of Notre-Dame, Lillebonne ?1829 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2017, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2019, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-the-church-of-notre-dame-lillebonne-r1195690, accessed 16 May 2021.