Joseph Mallord William Turner

Grande Galerie of the Louvre, Paris

1826

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 103 x 153 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23330
Turner Bequest CCXLIX 43 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner much of this page with an outline study of the top-lit Grande Galerie of the Louvre. This is one of several studies of this gallery lighting system which the artist made on his visits to Paris; see Tate D24926 (Turner Bequest CCLX 90) and D24961 (Turner Bequest CCLX 125). Turner scholars have connected this interest in the Louvre design to the artist’s renovations to his own gallery back in London.1

John Chu
May 2015

1
John Gage, Colour in Turner: Poetry and Truth, London 1969, pp.152, 260 note 107; Ian Warrell and Diane Perkins, Turner & Architecture, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1988, p.17.

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