Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches in the Tuileries, Paris and a Classical Composition


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Graphite on paper
Support: 123 x 118 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLVIII 14 a

Catalogue entry

Ian Warrell has suggested that the sketch at the top of the page with figures in the foreground and a distant tower may be copied from or inspired by a painting that Turner saw in the Louvre, though no picture has been identified. Beneath the sketch is the inscription ‘Aemond P.’ (or perhaps ‘Germond P.’). The second sketch is of sculptures of running men on a plinth with a large stone seat surrounded by trees that Warrell has suggested may be in the Tuileries Garden. Finally at the bottom of the page is view towards the distant dome of Les Invalides (far left) with terraces in the foreground, presumably taken from the Tuileries Garden.1
For a list of all Turner’s sketches of Paris in this sketchbook see folio 3 verso (Tate D24505; Turner Bequest CCLVIII 3a).

Thomas Ardill
February 2013

Ian Warrell, Turner catalogue files, Tate, CCLVIII 14a.

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