Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Grande Cascade at Saint-Cloud, 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
D24443
Turner Bequest CCLVII 141

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a cursory description of the gardens at the Château de Saint-Cloud, located some seven miles west of central Paris on the banks of the Seine. The structures featured here form part of the Grande Cascade that tumbles down towards the river from the formal parterres. This spectacular garden ornament featured in Turner’s subsequent depiction of Saint-Cloud for a new edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–36); see Tate impression T04974. A list of pages in the present volume featuring Saint-Cloud is provided in the sketchbook Introduction.

John Chu
January 2015

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