Joseph Mallord William Turner

Grande Galerie, Palais du Louvre

c.1826–1832

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 142 x 191 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24926
Turner Bequest CCLX 90

Catalogue entry

This is one of three pencil sketches on blue paper that Turner made of the picture-lined Grand Galerie of the Louvre; see also Tate D24924 and D24961 (Turner Bequest CCLX 88, 125).1 It is not known which of the tours of Northern France he undertook in the later 1820s and early 1830s they depict, although the commencement of the blue paper drawings of this kind is particularly associated with the journey of 1826.2
1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.216 no.29.
2
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, p.28.
Verso:
Inscribed in pencil with the note ‘D.24926’ along the bottom edge of the sheet.

John Chu
March 2016

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