Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Île Seguin on the River Seine near Sèvres

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14012
Turner Bequest CLXXIII 13

Catalogue entry

After visiting St-Cloud, Turner retraced his steps and followed the River Seine back to Paris. The route took him through Sèvres, a town just south of St-Cloud, famous for its porcelainware. The Pont de Sèvres, a stone bridge built by Napoleon, appears in a number of sketches (see for example folio 5, D14099), but here the artist appears to be standing on the bridge and looking south-east towards the Île Seguin, a small island on the Seine between Sèvres and Bolougne-Billancourt.1 The island is shown connected to both towns by wooden bridges. A comparable view can be seen in the Dieppe, Rouen and Paris sketchbook of 1821 (Tate D24540; Turner Bequest CCLVIII 21a). For further sketches of Sèvres and St-Cloud see folio 12 (D14011).
1
During the twentieth century, the island was home to the Renault car factory which closed in 1992.
Verso:
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Nicola Moorby
March 2013

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