Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Aqueduct at Arcueil

1821

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 123 x 118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24525
Turner Bequest CCLVIII 13 a

Catalogue entry

The aqueduct and tower at Arcueil are depicted in the two sketches at the top of the page, the second being a more distant view. These formed the compositional basis of two oil sketches by Turner: Tate N03387, and N02992,1 both catalogued by Butlin and Joll as Italian subjects.2 There are further sketches of the aqueduct on folios 12 and 12 verso (Tate D24522, D24523; Turner Bequest CCLVIII 12, 12a); see also inside back cover (Tate D41261).
The two sketches at the bottom of the page depict a road leading up a hill towards a windmill and a hillside with three windmills (inscribed ‘sheep’). Ian Warrell has suggested these may have been made at Montparnasse.3
1
Warrell 1999, pp.23 fig.8, 252 notes 38 and 39.
2
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.178 nos.307 and 312.
3
Ian Warrell, Turner Catalogue Files, Tate, CCLVIII 13a.
Technical notes:
There is a red ink mark at the top right corner, transferred from John Ruskin’s red ink number on the opposite page.

Thomas Ardill
February 2013

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