Joseph Mallord William Turner

?A Garden, Île-de-France

1832

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 175 x 127 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24490
Turner Bequest CCLVII 165

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled with page with a view taken at an indeterminate location. However, the regular rows of pencil strokes in the foreground are reminiscent of the planting in a parterre. Turner sketched many palace gardens around Paris and the Île-de-France in this volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook Introduction for comparison. The catalogue for a 1983 exhibition of Turner’s works suggested the palace of Saint-Germain-en-Laye as the location of this scene although no further explanation was given.1

John Chu
January 2015

1
John Gage, Jerrold Ziff, Nicholas Alfrey and others, J.M.W. Turner, à l’occasion du cinquantième anniversaire du British Council, exhibition catalogue, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris 1983, p.40 note 30.

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