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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Town Street, Northern France 1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 39 Verso:
Town Street, Northern France 1832
Turner Bequest CCLVII 39a
Pencil on white laid paper, 175 x 127 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Rural R[...]’ towards top right, ‘D[...] m’[...] Vin P[...]e Tr[...]e | No R[...]s de la [...] D[...]’ towards bottom left, inverted
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the top half this page with a view of a high street with a small tower with a conical roof on the left-hand side of the scene. A second view, inverted in relation to the first, of a similar subject is included along the bottom edge of the page. Semi-illegible notes on each drawing presumably record the names of the places depicted, identifying their precise location for the artist. Turner travelled extensively around the satellite settlements of Paris in the Île-de-France with the sketchbook and also up the Marne River to the east of the city so these scenes was probably captured in the towns in those regions.

John Chu
January 2015

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Town Street, 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-town-street-northern-france-r1175271, accessed 19 November 2019.