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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Château de la Mailleraye, Normandy 1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 73 Recto:
Château de la Mailleraye, Normandy 1832
Turner Bequest CCLIV 73
Pencil on white wove paper, 174 x 117 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘2 7 2 | Mailleriae’
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘73’ top right, ascending vertically
Stamped in black ink ‘CCLIV – 73’ top right, ascending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with small riverside landscapes and views of the Château de la Mailleraye which is located on the banks of the Seine just downstream of Jumièges. In the drawing at the centre of the page particular attention has been paid to the seventeenth-century edifice’s fine roofs and corner pavilions. Directly below the sequence of the window courses has been enumerated with a note reading ‘2 7 2’. Turner’s interest in this subject culminated in an engraving in the 1834 volume of Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France); see Tate impression T05608.
The Château de la Mailleraie recurs on several pages in this section of the sketchbook; see 72 recto (D24023; Turner Bequest CCLIX 72) and 72 verso (D24024; Turner Bequest CCLIX 72a).

John Chu
July 2014

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Château de la Mailleraye, Normandy 1832 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 2014, 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-chateau-de-la-mailleraye-normandy-r1173430, accessed 17 May 2021.