Malmaison was Napoleon’s château on the outskirts of Paris and, therefore, an indispensable subject for Sir Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon, which Turner’s engraving was to illustrate.
Turner’s notations, written in pencil on this touched proof, instruct the engraver to lighten the sky around the sun, make the aqueduct at the upper left more distinct and, most importantly, re-engrave the corner of the château in the manner that he sketched in the lower right-hand margin.
4 1/2 x 3 1/8 in. (image) 13 1/4 x 8 7/8 in. (sheet) 8 1/8 x 5 15/16 in. (plate)
Inscribed in pencil by the artist, l.l.: x / more like large wey Inscribed, u.r.: All the distance too much/ made out all too dark and / heavy viz make it all very light / toward the sun the Aquaduct o / and wey by the sides of the River / to be distinctly seen | C
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