Joseph Mallord William Turner

Château de Versailles, 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
D24203
Turner Bequest CCLVII 19

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with a view of the gardens at the palace of Versailles, located some twelve miles south-west of central Paris. The sketch is taken looking over the high holding wall of the Parterre d’Eau, past the Escaliers de Latone fountain and down the many terraces of the Grande Perspective. Turner made numerous sketches of the palace in the present volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook Introduction. The existence of so many studies suggests that Turner considered Versailles as a subject for an illustration for a new edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–36) although it was not included in the publication in the event.1

John Chu
January 2015

1
W[illiam] G[eorge] Rawlinson, The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, R.A., London 1908, vol.II, pp.264–76 nos.453–92, 288–92 nos.525–39.

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