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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Lanterne de Démosthène at Saint-Cloud, Île-de-France 1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 14 Verso:
Lanterne de Démosthène at Saint-Cloud, Île-de-France 1832
Turner Bequest CCLIV 14a
Pencil on white wove paper, 174 x 117 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with the panoramic view across the Seine valley as seen from the Château de Saint-Cloud, some seven miles west of central Paris. This location is given away by the description of the Lanterne de Démosthène on the left-hand side of the page which was a Napoleonic folly erected within the palace pleasure grounds.1 For the watercolour of this structure which Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time, see Tate D24697 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 132). This led to an engraving in the 1835 volume of Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France); see Tate impression T05619.
A list of pages in the sketchbook featuring Saint-Cloud is provided in the entry for folio 17 verso (D23914; Turner Bequest CCLIV 17a).

John Chu
July 2014

Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, pp.55, 223–8.

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Lanterne de Démosthène at Saint-Cloud, Île-de-France 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-lanterne-de-demosthene-at-saint-cloud-le-de-france-r1173313, accessed 25 April 2019.