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 80 Verso:
Melun, Île-de-France 1832
D24324
Turner Bequest CCLVII 80a
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 filled the top half of this page with cursory views of the riverside town of Melun, located some twenty-eight miles south-east of central Paris on the banks of the Seine. The two towers of the Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame are featured on the upper right-hand quadrant of the page. 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-r1175352, accessed 24 January 2021.