Joseph Mallord William Turner

Provins, Île-de-France


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 175 × 127 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLVII 97 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled most this page with views of the medieval town of Provins, located some fifty miles south-east of Paris. Studies of the twelfth-century Tour César and the Church of Saint-Quiriace have been included towards the top right-hand corner of the page. 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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