Joseph Mallord William Turner

Brienne-le-Château, Northern France

1832

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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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
D24382
Turner Bequest CCLVII 109 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the top half of this page with two views of the riverside town of Brienne-le-Château, situated around one hundred miles east of Paris. The grand eighteenth-century country house can be seen perched on a hill to the left-hand side of the top drawing. Napoleon studied at the military academy close by so this site was of particular interest to the artist as he sought subjects to illustrate a new edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–36). This drawing contributed one of the volume’s engraved illustrations; see Tate impression T04969. A list of pages in the present volume featuring this subject is provided in the sketchbook Introduction.

John Chu
January 2015

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