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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Paris: 'Buttes de Chaumont' 1821

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 27 Recto:
Paris: ‘Buttes de Chaumont’ 1821
Turner Bequest CCLVIII 27
Pencil on white wove paper, 123 x 118 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Buttes de Chaumont’ upper centre
Inscribed in red ink by John Ruskin ‘27’ top right running vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLVIII – 27’ top right running vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner has inscribed one or both of these sketches ‘Buttes de Chaumont’, a former gypsum and limestone quarry (now a park) in the north-east of Paris from which the artist presumably made the sketch of the city at the top of the page. The view beneath depicts a hill with several windmills. Folio 28 verso (Tate D24554; Turner Bequest CCLVIII 28a) carries the inscription ‘Moulin Chermont’ (Chaumont windmill) next to several views of Paris.
For further sketches of Paris in this sketchbook, see folio 3 verso (Tate D24505; Turner Bequest CCLVIII 3a).

Thomas Ardill
February 2013

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Paris: ‘Buttes de Chaumont’ 1821 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, August 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-paris-buttes-de-chaumont-r1146338, accessed 27 September 2021.