Joseph Mallord William Turner

Vendôme Column, Paris

1832

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 175 x 127 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24472
Turner Bequest CCLVII 155 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner worked into the top half of this page a drawing of the base of the Vendôme Column in Paris. The notes below are a semi-legible copy of the monument’s dedicatory Latin inscription. The original reads, ‘NEAPOLIO – IMP –AVG | MONVMENTUM – BELLI – GERMANICI | ANNO – MDCCCV | TRIMESTRI – SPATIO – DVCTV – SVO – PROFLIGATI | EX – AERE – CAPTO | GLORIAE – EXERCITUS – MAXIMI – DIGAVIT’. Several drawings of the column appear in this volume, a list of which is included in the sketchbook Introduction.

John Chu
January 2015

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