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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Les Invalides, Paris 1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 144 Verso:
Les Invalides, Paris 1832
Turner Bequest CCLVII 144a
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 worked a drawing of the seventeenth-century military complex of Les Invalides in Paris onto this page. The sketch along the central strip of the page shows the domed edifice from the nearby Champs de Mars, just to the north. Turner made several sketches of the building in the present volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook Introduction. The existence these drawings and a watercolour study (Tate D24572; Turner Bequest CCLIX 7) suggests that Turner considered the subject as an illustration for Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France) or the new edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–36) although Les Invalides did not make it into either publication in the event.1 The pointed pediment and general aspect of the smaller domed building in the bottom right-hand corner of the page is inconsistent with Les Invalides and may represent the Institut de France from the Seine instead.

John Chu
January 2015

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, ‘Les Invalides, Paris 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-les-invalides-paris-r1175478, accessed 27 September 2021.