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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Aqueduct at Arcueil 1821

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 13 Verso:
The Aqueduct at Arcueil 1821
Turner Bequest CCLVIII 13a
Pencil on white wove paper, 123 x 118 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘[...]’ lower left, and ‘Sheep’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The aqueduct and tower at Arcueil are depicted in the two sketches at the top of the page, the second being a more distant view. These formed the compositional basis of two oil sketches by Turner: Tate N03387, and N02992,1 both catalogued by Butlin and Joll as Italian subjects.2 There are further sketches of the aqueduct on folios 12 and 12 verso (Tate D24522, D24523; Turner Bequest CCLVIII 12, 12a); see also inside back cover (Tate D41261).
The two sketches at the bottom of the page depict a road leading up a hill towards a windmill and a hillside with three windmills (inscribed ‘sheep’). Ian Warrell has suggested these may have been made at Montparnasse.3
Warrell 1999, pp.23 fig.8, 252 notes 38 and 39.
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.178 nos.307 and 312.
Ian Warrell, Turner Catalogue Files, Tate, CCLVIII 13a.
Technical notes:
There is a red ink mark at the top right corner, transferred from John Ruskin’s red ink number on the opposite page.

Thomas Ardill
February 2013

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘The Aqueduct at Arcueil 1821 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, August 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-the-aqueduct-at-arcueil-r1146312, accessed 06 December 2021.