Joseph Mallord William Turner

Seated Woman in a Large Bonnet at ?Saint-Cloud, Île-de-France


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 174 x 117 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLIV 9 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner worked a small sketch of a fashionably dressed woman seated on the ground towards the top of this page. Her large, halo-like bonnet echoes the roundness of her head and body while her splayed legs suggest heat and exhaustion. The prevalence of sketches taken at Saint-Cloud near Paris in this part of the sketchbook implies that this drawing was also made in that area. On special Sundays each September, large numbers of visitors massed at Saint-Cloud for an annual fair, during which time the interior of the chateau was opened up and the garden fountains turned on.1 Certainly, crowds of holiday-makers feature prominently in one of the Saint-Cloud watercolours which Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time; see Tate D24697 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 132).
A list of pages in the sketchbook featuring Saint-Cloud is provided in the entry for folio 17 verso (D23914; Turner Bequest CCLIV 17a).

John Chu
July 2014

Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, p.228.

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