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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Vincennes, Île-de-France 1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 47 Verso:
Vincennes, Île-de-France 1832
Turner Bequest CCLVII 47a
Pencil on white laid paper, 175 x 127 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with a view of the fortress of Vincennes which was then located on the easternmost fringes of Paris. The outline of the stronghold’s main tower is recorded on the right-hand side of the page. Turner made several sketches of the Vincennes fortifications in the present volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook Introduction. As the site of the notorious execution of one Napoleon’s important opponents, the Duc d’Enghien, this building was of particular interest to the artist as he sought subjects to illustrate a new edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–36). These formed the basis for one of the volume’s engraved vignettes; see Tate impression T04973.

John Chu
January 2015

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Vincennes, Île-de-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-vincennes-le-de-france-r1175286, accessed 17 September 2021.