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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

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

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 43 Verso:
Saint-Cloud, Île-de-France 1832
Turner Bequest CCLVII 43a
Pencil on white laid paper, 127 x 175 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘D[...]’ towards top left, ‘M[...] M[....]’ towards top right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner filled this page with cursory drawings of riverside landscapes with waterside buildings and bridges. The top two sketches depict the landscape around the Château de Saint-Cloud, some seven miles west of central Paris. This location is given away by the cylindrical pillared folly which stood within the palace pleasure grounds. For examples of the watercolours of the environs of Saint-Cloud which Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time, see Tate D24688 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 123), D24689 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 124), and D24697 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 132). These culminated in three engravings in the 1835 volume of Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France), and a further engraved illustration for a new edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–36); see Tate T04739, T05618, T05619, and T05620. A list of pages in the present volume featuring Saint-Cloud is provided in the sketchbook Introduction.

John Chu
January 2015

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Saint-Cloud, 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-saint-cloud-le-de-france-r1175279, accessed 27 October 2021.