Joseph Mallord William Turner

Paris from a High Vantage

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
D24263
Turner Bequest CCLVII 50

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the top half of this page with cursory drawings of Paris seen from a high vantage. The dome which appears in the top right-hand corner of the page may belong to Les Invalides or the Panthéon. Multiple panoramas of the city were sketched on this tour, contributing to the background vista of an engraved illustration for a new edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–36); see Tate impression T04744.

John Chu
January 2015

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