Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches of Jugs, Figures and Hats;and Route Map to Arcueil

1821

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 123 × 118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D41261

Catalogue entry

At the top of the page are a quick sketch of two jugs, a figure in Normandy costume and another of the figure’s hat. Turner expressed great interest during this tour of northern France in recording signs of local costume and custom.
At the bottom of the page, drawn with the sketchbook inverted, is a list of places just to the south of Paris that constitute either a route or, in combination with a rough outline, a map. From Paris Turner took a short tip to Arcueil to see the impressive Roman aqueduct. This note was either made as an aid to making his way there, or to indicate the route of the watercourse into the city.1 There are sketches of Arcueil on folios 12, 12 verso and 13 verso (Tate D24522, D24523, D24525; Turner Bequest CCLVIII 12, 12a, 13a).
The inscription reads:
‘arcueil 3 d R
R Biéve [?]aquideut 000 M of [?]Mare
P.Montrouge
Montrouge Gentilly
Arcuel’

Thomas Ardill
February 2013

1
Warrell 1999, pp.23, 252 note 38.

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