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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Sens 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 4 Recto:
Sens 1802
Turner Bequest LXXIII 4
Pencil, lightly touched with white chalk on light grey-buff laid paper, 138 x 215 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Sens, M (crossed out) Montreau’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘LXXIII 4’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The view is taken from the road leading back into the town through the south gate; the towers of the cathedral of St Etienne appear at right. Turner had followed the valley of the River Yonne some eighteen miles from Montereau. His annotations show he had at first confused the two places before correctly labelling the drawing ‘Sens’. From here he continued along the Yonne to Joigny (see folios 6 and 7 of this sketchbook, D04398, D04399).

David Blayney Brown
June 2004

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Sens 1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2004, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-sens-r1133021, accessed 13 June 2024.