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
D24319
Turner Bequest CCLVII 78

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the top half of this page with cursory views of the riverside town of Melun, located some twenty-eight miles south-east of central Paris on the banks of the Seine. The two towers of the Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame are featured on the right-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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