Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Paris from Saint-Cloud, Île-de-France

1832

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 174 x 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23910
Turner Bequest CCLIV 15 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the top half of this page with panoramic views across the hills and riverside architecture of the Seine valley from a high vantage. The sketch along the centre of the page features the towers and steeples of a distant city. Although Turner’s handling is too cursory here for the identification of a definite location for these prospects, the neighbouring pages in the volume contain sketches of similar landscapes taken around Saint-Cloud, located some seven miles west of central Paris with impressive views back to the city.1 For comparisons, see examples of the watercolours of the riverside scenery around Saint-Cloud which Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time; Tate D24688 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 123), D24689 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 124), and D24697 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 132).

John Chu
July 2014

1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, pp.55, 223–8.

Read full Catalogue entry

You might like