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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Three Distant Views of Verdun 1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 74 Recto:
Three Distant Views of Verdun 1824
Turner Bequest CCXVI 74
Pencil on white wove paper, 78 x 118 mm
Watermark ‘[smith &] allnut | [18]22’
Inscribed in blue ink by Ruskin ‘74’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CCXVI–74’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
These cursory sketches show the city of Verdun in profile. The view closest to the gutter of the book appears to depict Verdun’s fortress and the remaining views depict the twin towers of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame at a distance. For further sketches see Tate D19691, D19694–D19695, D19697–D19698; Turner Bequest CCXVI 71a, 73–73a, 74a–75.

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2014

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Three Distant Views of Verdun 1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 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-three-distant-views-of-verdun-r1174485, accessed 04 December 2021.