Joseph Mallord William Turner

Paris from Saint-Cloud, Île de France

c.1826

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 280 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20541
Turner Bequest CCXXIV 227

Catalogue entry

The date and occasion of these sketches of the distant view of Paris as seen from Saint-Cloud are not known. However, Turner specialist Ian Warrell has speculated that it may record an otherwise undocumented expedition to the site from Paris during the 1826 tour.1 See the Introduction to this section for a list of comparable studies of this site.
1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, p.28.
Technical Notes:
The sheet bears a horizontal crease across the centre where it has been folded in half. The pencil sketches are all above the crease line. There are brown stains down the right-hand edge of the sheet.
Verso:
See entry for Tate D20540 (Turner Bequest CCXXIV 226).

John Chu
March 2016

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