Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Saint-Cloud, Île-de-France

1832

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 174 × 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23909
Turner Bequest CCLIV 15

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a sketch of a grand, multi-storey edifice set amidst wooded hills. Although Turner’s handling is too cursory here to make a definite identification of this building, the neighbouring pages in the volume contain sketches of the lost Château de Saint-Cloud, located some seven miles west of central Paris on a high eminence on the Seine’s left bank.1 This drawing, therefore, may represent some building within the palace complex, or part of the main seventeenth-century residence itself. For comparisons, see the list of pages in the sketchbook featuring Saint-Cloud provided in the entry for folio 17 verso (D23914; Turner Bequest CCLIV 17a).

John Chu
July 2014

1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, pp.55, 223–8.

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