Joseph Mallord William Turner

Palais des Tuileries, Paris


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Graphite on paper
Support: 175 x 127 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLVII 57 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a study of the lost Palais des Tuileries as seen from the left bank of the Seine as it flows through Paris. Particular attention has been paid the edifice’s south-west corner pavilion, seen here on the left-hand edge of the page. Turner made several sketches of the 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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