Joseph Mallord William Turner

Château de la Mailleraie


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 174 × 117 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLIV 72

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the top half of this page with a study of the Château de la Mailleraye and its environs which is located on the banks of the Seine just downstream of Jumièges. The chateau on the right-hand side of the page is rendered generic by cursory handling although the distinctive seigniorial chapel at the very centre of the scene, with its short, needle-like spire, gives away the location. A second, much lighter sketch of hills is also included in the bottom right-hand corner. A list of pages in the sketchbook featuring views of the Château de la Mailleraie is provided in the entry for folio 73 recto (D24025; Turner Bequest CCLIV 73). Turner’s interest in the Château de la Mailleraye culminated in an engraving in the 1834 volume of Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France); see Tate impression T05608.

John Chu
July 2014

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