Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Steamer and Shallow Waters in the Seine, Normandy

c.1832

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 139 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24646
Turner Bequest CCLIX 81

Display caption

Turner visited the Seine in 1832 as part of his preparation for his print series, The Rivers of France, published in 1833–5. Many of his sketches include steamboats. The prints emphasise the historic and scenic associations of the Seine, as we might expect of a publication intended to make possible a kind of ‘armchair tourism’. But the presence of steamboats are a frequent reminder of modernity.

Gallery label, August 2004

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