Joseph Mallord William Turner Landscape with Tower, Trees and Figures; possibly Arcueil near Paris c.1827–8

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Artist
Title
Landscape with Tower, Trees and Figures; possibly Arcueil near Paris
Date c.1827–8
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 600 x 886 mm
frame: 885 x 1171 x 103 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
N02992
Not on display

Display caption

As the caption for the picture above indicates, this series of small oil studies has previously been associated with Turner's second trip to Italy in 1828. But new research for the *Turner on the Seine* exhibition has revealed that some of the sixteen oil sketches are in fact views in France arising from the sketches made there in 1821 (four of them are on display in the exhibition galleries upstairs). This work also seems to relate to the 1821 material and very probably shows the town of Arcueil to the south of Paris. Though it is less distinct here than in Turner's sketches, it is just possible to see the rounded arches of the aqueduct in the middle distance. The figures in the foreground seem to evoke the works of Watteau.

June 1999

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