Joseph Mallord William Turner Shoal on the Seine, with an Approaching Steamer c.1832

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Shoal on the Seine, with an Approaching Steamer
Date c.1832
Medium Gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 139 x 190 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLIX 81
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Turner visited the Seine in 1832 as part of his preparation for his print series, The Rivers of France, published in 1833–5. Many of his sketches include steamboats. The prints emphasise the historic and scenic associations of the Seine, as we might expect of a publication intended to make possible a kind of ‘armchair tourism’. But the presence of steamboats are a frequent reminder of modernity.

August 2004

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