Joseph Mallord William Turner

Marne Valley, Île-de-France

1832

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 174 x 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24076
Turner Bequest CCLIV 98 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated, the landscape view at the bottom of this page depicts a riverside terrain of hills and buildings. Art historian Ian Warrell has identified this as one of the empty pages remaining towards the end of the 1832 Seine tour which Turner subsequently used for sketches of the Marne valley near Paris.1 Certainly the note at the bottom of the page locates the scene somewhere along its banks. One of the towns depicted in this area on this trip was Saint-Maur-des-Fossés; for a comparison, see folio 91 verso (D24062; Turner Bequest CCLIV 91a). The sketch that fills the top half of the page is more cursory and appears to depict tall trees or perhaps high rocks below which figures are assembled.

John Chu
July 2014

1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, pp.49, 256 note 195.

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