J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Auxerre from the Ramparts 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 8 Recto:
Auxerre from the Ramparts 1802
Turner Bequest LXXIII 8
Pencil on light grey-buff laid paper, 138 x 215mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Auxerre walk upon the Ramparts’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘LXXIII 8’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Some 110 miles from Paris, Auxerre could, as Hill suggests, well have been Turner’s first overnight stop after the capital. If so, the two related sketches in this sketchbook (see also folio 9, D04401) of the town seen from the walls would have been the products of an evening walk. The Clocher de St Jean, the Romanesque bell tower of the abbey of St Germain and other buildings are visible here.

David Blayney Brown
June 2004

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Auxerre from the Ramparts 1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2004, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-auxerre-from-the-ramparts-r1133026, accessed 24 June 2024.