Joseph Mallord William Turner

Palais Bourbon, Paris

1832

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 175 x 127 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24418
Turner Bequest CCLVII 127 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the central strip of this page with two drawings taken on the quaysides of Paris. At centre of the lower sketch is featured the Palais Bourbon as seen from the right bank of the Seine. The nearby Pont de la Concorde dominates the upper sketch. Turner made several sketches of the Parisian riverside in the present volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook Introduction. For the watercolours of the city’s quaysides which Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time, see Tate D24683–D24685 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 118–20). These culminated in several engravings in the 1835 volume of Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France); see Tate impressions T05621–T05623.

John Chu
January 2015

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