Joseph Mallord William Turner

Saint-Germain-en-Laye, 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 × 127 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24488
Turner Bequest CCLVII 164

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the top strip of this page a view of the palace gardens of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, situated some twelve miles west of central Paris. This location is given away by the sloping terraces at the centre of the scene. This site features on multiple pages of this volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook Introduction. An engraving of the palace subsequently featured in the 1835 volume of Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France); see Tate T04714.

John Chu
January 2015

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