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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Melun, Île-de-France 1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 79 Recto:
Melun, Île-de-France 1832
D24321
Turner Bequest CCLVII 79
Pencil on white laid paper, 175 x 127 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘70’ top left and ‘2’ top right, ascending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLVII 79’ 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 views of the riverside town of Melun, located some twenty-eight miles south-east of central Paris on the banks of the Seine. The medieval Église Saint-Aspais is featured on the left-hand side of the upper sketch. Turner made several sketches of Melun in the present volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook Introduction. For the watercolour of the town which Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time, see Tate D24690 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 125). This led to an illustration 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 T04725.

John Chu
January 2015

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Melun, 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-melun-le-de-france-r1175349, accessed 24 January 2021.