Joseph Mallord William Turner

Saint-Cyr-l’École, Île-de-France

1832

In Tate Britain

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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
D24209
Turner Bequest CCLVII 22

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the bottom half of this page with a view of the environs of Saint-Cyr-l’École, located some twelve miles south-west of central Paris. When this sketch was taken, the École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr, founded by Napoleon in 1802, was housed in the grand building with cupolas seen here on the left-hand side of the page. A detail drawing of one of the cupolas has been inserted in a circle in this part of the page. Turner made numerous sketches of this area in the present volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook Introduction. The existence of these studies suggests that Turner considered Saint-Cyr-l’École as a subject for an illustration for a new edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–36) although it was not included in the publication in the event.1
1
W[illiam] G[eorge] Rawlinson, The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, R.A., London 1908, vol.II, pp.264–76 nos.453–92, 288–92 nos.525–39.
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John Chu
January 2015

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