Joseph Mallord William Turner

Château de Versailles, Île-de-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 × 127 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24204
Turner Bequest CCLVII 19 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a view of the gardens and palace of Versailles, located some twelve miles south-west of central Paris. The sketch is taken looking across the Parterre d’Eau to the garden façade of the edifice on its southern wing. Particular attention has been paid to the royal chapel rising above the rest of the complex. Turner made numerous sketches of the palace in the present volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook Introduction. The existence of so many studies suggests that Turner considered Versailles as a subject for an illustration for a new edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–36) although it was not included in the publication in the event.1

John Chu
January 2015

1
W[illiam] G[eorge] Rawlinson, The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, R.A., London 1908, vol.II, pp.264–76 nos.453–92, 288–92 nos.525–39.

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