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 24 Recto:
Château de Versailles, Île-de-France 1832
D24212
Turner Bequest CCLVII 24
Pencil on white laid paper, 175 x 127 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘24’ bottom left and ‘2’ bottom right, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLVII 24’ bottom left, descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with small views of gardens and palace of Versailles, located some twelve miles south-west of central Paris. The main palace is seen stretching along the horizon in the central drawing, with the roof of the Chapelle Royale rising above. Turner made numerous sketches of the royal edifice 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-r1175240, accessed 15 January 2021.