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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

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

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 81 Verso:
Provins, Île-de-France 1832
D24326
Turner Bequest CCLVII 81a
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 onto this page a study of the medieval fortifications at Provins, located some fifty miles south-east of Paris. Particular attention has been paid to the twelfth-century Tour César towards the top edge of the page. Most of the pages in this volume are taken up with sketches working towards illustrations for Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France) and a new edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–36) although Provins featured in nether publication in the event. A list of pages in the present sketchbook featuring Provins is provided in the sketchbook Introduction.

John Chu
January 2015

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Provins, 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-provins-le-de-france-r1175354, accessed 01 December 2020.