Joseph Mallord William Turner

Paris from St-Cloud

1819

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14002
Turner Bequest CLXXIII 6 a

Catalogue entry

Turner made a short expedition to St-Cloud on the south-western outskirts of Paris in order to see its royal château situated on the heights above the western bank of the River Seine. The grounds of the palace offered panoramic views of the distant city to the north-east and Turner used this opportunity to make a sweeping topographical sketch encompassing the full breadth of the capital.1 Visible along the horizon to the left is the many-arched bridge of St-Cloud with the river winding towards it. The composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 7 (D14002). For further sketches of St-Cloud see folios 6 and 12 (D14001 and D14011).

Nicola Moorby
February 2013

1
See Maurice Guillaud, Nicholas Alfrey, Andrew Wilton and others, Turner en France: aquarelles, peintures, dessins, gravures, carnets de croquis / Turner in France: Watercolours, Paintings, Drawings, Engravings, Sketchbooks, exhibition catalogue, Centre Culturel du Marais, Paris 1981, p.107, and Warrell 1999, p.18.

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