Joseph Mallord William Turner

Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Île-de-France

1832

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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
D24493
Turner Bequest CCLVII 166 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner worked this page with drawings of the palace of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, situated some twelve miles west of central Paris. Particular attention has been paid to capturing the effect of the edifice’s densely ornamented façade in the top half of the page. This site features on multiple pages of this volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook Introduction. An engraving of the palace subsequently featured in the 1835 volume of Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France); see Tate T04714.

John Chu
January 2015

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