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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Two Sketches: The Abbey of St Bertin, St Omer; Arch of Augustus, Aosta 1836

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 4 Recto:
Two Sketches: The Abbey of St Bertin, St Omer; Arch of Augustus, Aosta 1836
D29038
Turner Bequest CCXCIII 4
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 190 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘ruins’ lower left
Inscribed, possibly by John Ruskin, in blue ink ‘4’ top right and ‘320’ bottom right
Stamped in brown ‘CCXCIII 4’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The page contains two sketches:
i. (main sketch) The Abbey church of St Bertin from the east, closer and in more detail than in the preceding sketch of the same aspect (D29036; Turner Bequest CCXCIII 3).
ii. (top left, inverted) A thumbnail sketch of the Augustan Arch at Aosta, looking through to the town. Turner sketched the same subject on his first visit to Aosta in 1802 (Tate D04501; Turner Bequest LXXIV 9), in a more confined treatment than here.
The main sketch on this page is the third in a series at St Omer running from D29032; Turner Bequest CCXCIII 1 to D29040; Turner Bequest CCXCIII 5. For the Abbey of St Bertin see D29036; Turner Bequest CCXCIII 3.

David Hill
June 2010

How to cite

David Hill, ‘Two Sketches: The Abbey of St Bertin, St Omer; Arch of Augustus, Aosta 1836 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2010, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, February 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-two-sketches-the-abbey-of-st-bertin-st-omer-arch-of-augustus-r1144587, accessed 17 October 2021.