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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?Vendôme Column, Paris 1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 40 Recto:
?Vendôme Column, Paris 1832
Turner Bequest CCLVII 40
Pencil on white laid paper, 175 x 127 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘40’ top left and ‘2’ top right, ascending
Stamped in black ‘CCLVII 40’ top right, ascending
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with drawings of monumental structures in Paris. Turner Bequest curator, A.J. Finberg suggested that the two sketches of columns in the centre of the page depict the July Column in the Place de la Bastille in the later stages of construction. Since this column was not fully complete until 1840 however, the drawings more likely record the similar Vendôme Column, which had been denuded of its statue of Napoleon during the Bourbon Restoration. For a comparison, see Turner’s sketch of the column in this volume (D24273; Turner Bequest CCLVII 55).

John Chu
January 2015

How to cite

John Chu, ‘?Vendôme Column, Paris 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-vendome-column-paris-r1175272, accessed 19 September 2021.