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In the late 1820s and early 1830s Turner proposed a long series of drawings of great European rivers for the publisher Charles Heath. Published in series, these became known as Turner's 'Annual Tours'. For that of the Seine, published in 1835, he made some superb views of Paris which are among his finest city subjects, evoking both the scenic grandeur and dynamic vitality of the metropolis. Here Turner looks towards the heart of the city with the Tuileries, Louvre and Barrière de Bonshommes (wrongly identified as that of Passy in J.T. Willmore's engraving of this subject).

September 2004