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
D24456
Turner Bequest CCLVII 147 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with drawings of Paris seen across a river valley from a high vantage. Art historians Anne Lyles and Diane Perkins suggest that this drawing was made close to Saint-Cloud to the west of Paris.1 Turner made many landscape studies in that area, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook Introduction for comparison.

John Chu
January 2015

1
Anne Lyles and Diane Perkins, Colour into Line: Turner and the Art of Engraving, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1989, p.41.

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