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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Île Seguin on the River Seine near Sèvres 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 13 Recto:
The Île Seguin on the River Seine near Sèvres 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXIII 13
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 185 mm
Stamped in black ‘CLXXIII 13’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
After visiting St-Cloud, Turner retraced his steps and followed the River Seine back to Paris. The route took him through Sèvres, a town just south of St-Cloud, famous for its porcelainware. The Pont de Sèvres, a stone bridge built by Napoleon, appears in a number of sketches (see for example folio 5, D14099), but here the artist appears to be standing on the bridge and looking south-east towards the Île Seguin, a small island on the Seine between Sèvres and Bolougne-Billancourt.1 The island is shown connected to both towns by wooden bridges. A comparable view can be seen in the Dieppe, Rouen and Paris sketchbook of 1821 (Tate D24540; Turner Bequest CCLVIII 21a). For further sketches of Sèvres and St-Cloud see folio 12 (D14011).
During the twentieth century, the island was home to the Renault car factory which closed in 1992.

Nicola Moorby
March 2013

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘The Île Seguin on the River Seine near Sèvres 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, August 2013, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-the-le-seguin-on-the-river-seine-near-sevres-r1142872, accessed 29 May 2024.