Joseph Mallord William Turner ?Château de Malmaison, Île-de-France 1832

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?Château de Malmaison, Île-de-France
From Paris and Environs Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCLVII
Date 1832
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 175 x 127 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLVII 1 a
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Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with views of a grand French house surrounded by formal gardens. The artist’s note ‘Mal M’ towards the top right-hand corner of the page suggests that these sketches were taken at the Château de Malmaison, located some ten miles west of central Paris and former residence of Napoleon’s wife, Joséphine de Beauharnais. Certainly Turner made several sketches of the house in the present volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook Introduction. These culminated in an engraved illustration for a new edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–36); see Tate impression T04979.

John Chu
January 2015

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