Joseph Mallord William Turner

Marly-sur-Seine, with the Château de la Chaussée at Bougival Beyond


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Gouache, pen and ink and graphite on paper
Support: 134 × 190 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLX 51

Catalogue entry

This sheet is one of a series of sketches associated with a tour of the Seine with a proposed dating of 1827–9. The studies are characterised by the use of pen and ink on blue paper; for more information see the Introduction to this section.
The setting for this scene is Marly on the Seine, a subject also represented by a number of other sheets in the present section (for further information and a list of other studies of see the entry for Tate D24837; Turner Bequest CCLX 1).
Warrell has noted that the subject of this drawing provides a clue to the dating of it and its grouping: the château de la Chaussée at Bougival, which had been demolished by 1831 following a destructive fire some time before 1830, can be glimpsed in the background.1 As such the drawings must date from before 1830, and a dating between 1827 and 1829 is likeliest. Like another sheet in the present section (Tate D24885; Turner Bequest CCLX 49), Warrell has termed the study ‘Watteauesque’2, pointing towards the influence of French painter Antoine Watteau (1684–1721), detectable in the arrangement of foreground figures and trees.
For a related study within the present grouping see Tate D24876 (Turner Bequest CCLX 40).
Warrell 1999, p.31.
Ibid, p.31.
The sheet has been laid down on heavy paper and it was not possible to examine the verso at the time of cataloguing.

Elizabeth Jacklin
October 2018

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