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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Wooded Landscape near Fontainebleau 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 3 Recto:
Wooded Landscape near Fontainebleau 1802
Turner Bequest LXXIII 3
Pencil, lightly touched with white chalk on light grey-buff laid paper, 138 x 215 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Fontainbleau’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘LXXIII 3’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Hill describes this as Turner’s first drawing made on his journey from Paris to Lyon, done ‘while stopping to change horses or have lunch’.1 The journey of some forty miles from the capital would have taken the equivalent of a morning. Hill notes the classical symmetry of this sketch, the landscape having perhaps reminded Turner of pictures by Claude Lorrain.
Hill 1992, p.25.

David Blayney Brown
June 2004

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Wooded Landscape near Fontainebleau 1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2004, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-wooded-landscape-near-fontainebleau-r1133020, accessed 24 June 2024.