Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Saint-Cloud or Sèvres, Île-de-France

1832

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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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
D24425
Turner Bequest CCLVII 131 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled most of this page with a river view, perhaps depicting the Seine some seven miles west of central Paris. This location is suggested by the inclusion of a long, arched bridge of a type which traversed the river at Saint-Cloud and Sèvres.1 For comparisons, see the watercolours of the riverside scenery in this area which Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time, see Tate D24688 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 123), D24689 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 124), and D24697 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 132).

John Chu
January 2015

1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, pp.55, 223–28.

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