Joseph Mallord William Turner

Saint-Cloud, Île de France

c.1826

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 277 × 191 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20479
Turner Bequest CCXXIV 173

Catalogue entry

The date and occasion of this slight pencil sketch of the riverbank at Saint-Cloud are not known. However, Turner specialist Ian Warrell has speculated that it may record an otherwise undocumented expedition from nearby Paris during the 1826 tour.1 See the Introduction to this section for a list of comparable studies of this site.
1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, p.28.
Technical Notes:
The sheet is attached to D20480 (Turner Bequest CCXXIV 174) along the bottom edge, from which it is divided by a horizontal crease. There are brown stains, creasing, and a tear down the left-hand edge of the sheet.
Verso:
The sheet bears John Ruskin’s red ink note ‘173’ in the bottom right-hand corner. Immediately to the left of this is a pencil note ‘235 | o’ red ink ‘51’. There a short dashes of red and black chalk towards the right-hand edge.

John Chu
March 2016

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