Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Conciergerie, Paris


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 174 x 117 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLIV 31

Catalogue entry

Turner filled this page with multiple architectural and landscape studies of varying degrees of size and detail. The two sketches in the upper left-hand quadrant are too cursory for the identification of a definite location although art historian Ian Warrell recognised the larger drawing across the middle of the page as the prospect across the Pont au Change and the Conciergerie from the Pont Notre-Dame at Paris.1 For the watercolours of the Parisian quaysides which Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time, see Tate D24683–D24685 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 118– 20). These culminated in several engravings in the 1835 volume of Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France); see Tate impressions T05621–T05623.

John Chu
July 2014

Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, p.52.

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