Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Banks of the Seine near Jumièges and Duclair, Normandy

c.1832

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 140 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24638
Turner Bequest CCLIX 73

Catalogue entry

Turner worked gouache and watercolour paints over this ink drawing to depict the hilly banks of the Seine near Jumièges and Duclair in Normandy. A small vessel and an exposed patch of rock on the hillside are reflected in the river’s calm waters. Sketches of this stretch of the Seine recur frequently in the Seine and Paris sketchbook and presumably contributed to the conception of this colour study. For lists of these sketchbook drawings, see the entry for Tate D24015 (Turner Bequest CCLIV 68). For the finished watercolour of this terrain which Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time, see Tate D24671 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 106). All this activity culminated in an illustration for the 1834 volume of Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France); see Tate impression T05603.
Verso:
The centre of the sheet bears the stamp of the Turner Bequest monogram and its Bequest number ‘CCLIX 73’. This number is inscribed again at the centre of the bottom edge of the sheet.

John Chu
August 2014

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