Joseph Mallord William Turner

Provins, 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 x 127 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24327
Turner Bequest CCLVII 82

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled most of this page with a view of the fortifications at Provins, located some fifty miles south-east of Paris. The twelfth-century Tour César has been included in the top right-hand corner. Most of the pages in this volume are taken up with sketches working towards illustrations for Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France) and a new edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–36) although Provins featured in nether publication in the event. A list of pages in the present sketchbook featuring Provins is provided in the sketchbook Introduction.

John Chu
January 2015

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