Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Saint-Cloud, 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
D23911
Turner Bequest CCLIV 16

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with panoramic views across the hills and bridges of the Seine valley from a high vantage. The sketch running along the bottom of the page is inverted in relation to the top one. Although Turner’s handling is too cursory here for the identification of a definite location for these prospects, the neighbouring pages in the volume contain sketches of similar landscapes taken around Saint-Cloud, located some seven miles west of central Paris with impressive views back to the city.1 For comparisons, see examples of the watercolours of the riverside scenery around Saint-Cloud which Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time; Tate D24688 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 123), D24689 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 124), and D24697 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 132).

John Chu
July 2014

1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, pp.55, 223–8.

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