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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Brienne-le-Château, Northern France 1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 100 Verso:
Brienne-le-Château, Northern France 1832
Turner Bequest CCLVII 100a
Pencil on white laid paper, 175 x 127 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with studies of the riverside town of Brienne-le-Château, situated around one hundred miles east of Paris. The eighteenth-century tower of Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul appears twice on the right-hand side of the page. Napoleon studied at the military academy close by so this site was of particular interest to the artist as he sought subjects to illustrate a new edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–36). The town along with the church is featured in one of the volume’s engraved illustrations; see Tate impression T04969. A list of pages in the present volume featuring this subject is provided in the sketchbook Introduction.

John Chu
January 2015

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Brienne-le-Château, Northern France 1832 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-brienne-le-chateau-northern-france-r1175392, accessed 02 December 2021.