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 82 Recto:
Provins, Île-de-France 1832
D24327
Turner Bequest CCLVII 82
Pencil on white laid paper, 175 x 127 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘82’ top left and ‘2’ top right, ascending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLVII 82’ top right, ascending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled most of this page with a view of the fortifications at Provins, located some fifty miles south-east of Paris. The twelfth-century Tour César has been included in the top right-hand corner. 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-r1175355, accessed 21 April 2021.