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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Saint-Cyr-l'École, Île-de-France 1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 21 Verso:
Saint-Cyr-l’École, Île-de-France 1832
Turner Bequest CCLVII 21a
Pencil on white laid paper, 175 x 127 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Road’ towards top left
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with views of the environs of Saint-Cyr-l’École, located some twelve miles south-west of central Paris. A third sketch runs vertically down the right-hand edge of the page. When this sketch was taken, the École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr, founded by Napoleon in 1802, was housed in the grand building in the centre of the page. Turner made numerous sketches of these environs in the present volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook Introduction. The existence of these studies suggests that Turner considered Saint-Cyr-l’École as a subject for an illustration for a new edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–36) although it was not included in the publication in the event.1

John Chu
January 2015

W[illiam] G[eorge] Rawlinson, The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, R.A., London 1908, vol.II, pp.264–76 nos.453–92, 288–92 nos.525–39.

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Saint-Cyr-l’École, 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-cyr-lcole-le-de-france-r1175236, accessed 02 March 2021.