Joseph Mallord William Turner

Melun, 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
D24318
Turner Bequest CCLVII 77 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with cursory sketches of the architecture of the riverside town of Melun, located some twenty-eight miles south-east of central Paris on the banks of the Seine. The medieval Église Saint-Aspais is featured on the left-hand edge of the page. Turner made several sketches of Melun in the present volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook Introduction. For the watercolour of the town which Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time, see Tate D24690 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 125). This led to an illustration in the 1835 volume of Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France); see Tate impression T04725.

John Chu
January 2015

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