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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Paris ?from Saint-Cloud, Île-de-France 1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 19 Recto:
Paris ?from Saint-Cloud, Île-de-France 1832
Turner Bequest CCLIV 19
Pencil on white wove paper, 174 x 117 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘R[...] Mnt’ centre, ‘2’ top right, ‘1’ centre right
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘19’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLIV – 19’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the top of this page with a panoramic view across Paris from a high vantage. The two west towers of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame and the dome of Les Invalides or the Panthéon are just visible at the centre of the scene. The foreground is too cursory for the identification of an immediate location for these sketches although neighbouring pages contain drawings of similar landscapes taken around Saint-Cloud some seven miles west of central Paris.1 For comparisons, see examples of the watercolours of the riverside scenery around Saint-Cloud which Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time; Tate D24688 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 123), D24689 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 124), and D24697 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 132). Inverted in relation to this sketch, the drawings on the bottom half of the page depicts a hilly riverside landscape typical of the Normandy banks of the Seine which were the subject of particular study in this volume.

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, ‘Paris ?from 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-paris-from-saint-cloud-le-de-france-r1173322, accessed 25 September 2020.