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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Troyes, Northern France 1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 103 Verso:
Troyes, Northern France 1832
Turner Bequest CCLVII 103a
Pencil on white laid paper, 175 x 127 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘St [...]e | P[...] Inst[...]t | pour L’O[...] | s’ and ‘Pr[...] top centre, ‘Pont [...]le’ top right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a view of the medieval town of Troyes, situated about one hundred miles south-east of Paris. The tower of the cathedral is featured in the upper right-hand quadrant of the page and the smaller tower of Saint-Nizier to the left of the scene. For the watercolour of this town which Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time, see Tate D24691 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 126). This led to an engraving in the 1835 volume of Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France); see Tate T04726. A list of pages in the present volume featuring Troyes is provided in the sketchbook Introduction.

John Chu
January 2015

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Troyes, Northern 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-troyes-northern-france-r1175398, accessed 21 August 2019.