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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Château de Versailles, Île-de-France 1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 20 Recto:
Château de Versailles, Île-de-France 1832
D24205
Turner Bequest CCLVII 20
Pencil on white laid paper, 175 x 127 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘20’ top left and ‘2’ top right, ascending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLVII 20’ top right, ascending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with a view of the gardens and palace of Versailles, located some twelve miles south-west of central Paris. The foreground is made up of small pleasure boats floating on the Grand Canal while, in the background, the multiple terraces which make up the Grande Perspective ascend to the building’s long western façade. Turner made numerous sketches of the palace in the present volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook Introduction. The existence of so many studies suggests that Turner considered Versailles as a subject for an illustration for a new edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–36) although it was not included in the publication in the event.1

John Chu
January 2015

1
W[illiam] G[eorge] Rawlinson, The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, R.A., London 1908, vol.II, pp.264–76 nos.453–92, 288–92 nos.525–39.

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Château de Versailles, Île-de-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-chateau-de-versailles-le-de-france-r1175233, accessed 09 March 2021.