Joseph Mallord William Turner

Tomb of Louis-Gabriel Suchet at Père-Lachaise, 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 25

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a view taken at the hillside Père-Lachaise Cemetery some two miles east of central Paris.1 Special attention has been paid to the neoclassical tombs typical of this relatively recent foundation (1804), with the sarcophagus of the Napoleonic war hero, Louis-Gabriel Suchet, rising above the others on a high plinth. Turner has transcribed the inscription on the monument at the bottom of the page, recording Suchet’s office as Marshal of France and his entitlement to the Dukedom of Albufera. The many studies of Père-Lachaise in this sketchbook culminated in an engraved illustration for a new edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–6); see Tate impression T04744.
A list of pages in the sketchbook featuring Père-Lachaise is provided in the entry for folio 24 verso (D23928; Turner Bequest 24a).

John Chu
July 2014

Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, pp.54, 243–6.

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