Joseph Mallord William Turner Palais du Louvre, Paris 1832

Artwork details

Palais du Louvre, Paris
From Paris and Environs Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCLVII
Date 1832
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 175 x 127 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLVII 11 a
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Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a study of the Palais du Louvre as seen from the Seine as it flows through Paris. Multiple additional sketches of the edifice’s architectural ornamentation have been included on the right-hand side of the page. 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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