Joseph Mallord William Turner

Views on the Seine, Including One of Château Meilleraie

1821

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 123 x 118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24517
Turner Bequest CCLVIII 9 a

Catalogue entry

Drawn at the top of the page is a sketch inscribed ‘Chateau Marle’ depicting Château de la Mailleraye at La Mailleraye-sur-Seine. Having made this sketch, Turner flipped over the page and made a second sketch of the château as he drew closer: folio 8 (Tate D24514; Turner Bequest CCLVIII 8). Returning to the Seine in 1832 Turner would once again draw the château in the Seine and Paris sketchbook, 1832 (Tate D24025; Turner Bequest CCLIV 73). Turner referred to these sketches when he painted a watercolour and gouache on blue paper design for the Turner’s Annual Tour publication (1834): Château de la Mailleraye, c.1832 (private collection) (see engraving: Tate T05608).1
Caudebec-en-Caux is depicted in the second and third sketches with the distinctive tower of its Gothic church, seen more clearly in the second sketch which was made from closer to the town as Turner sailed down-river towards Le Havre. The same two sailing boats can be seen in both sketches. Further sketches of Caudebec are on folios 7 verso–8 and 14 (Tate D24513–D24514, D24526; Turner Bequest CCLVIII 7a–8, 14).2
The fourth sketch down depicts buildings on a quayside with a cliff at the left, beneath which Turner has made several small studies of figures at work. At the bottom of the page is a distant view of the northern bank of the Seine, tapering out to Cap de la Hève (see folio 24; Tate D24545; Turner Bequest CCLVIII 24).

Thomas Ardill
March 2013

1
Warrell 1999, p.274 under ‘Château de la Mailleraye, c.1832’.
2
Ibid., p.253 note 50; Ian Warrell, Turner Catalogue Files, Tate, CCLVIII 9a.

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