J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Palais du Louvre, Paris 1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 58 Recto:
Palais du Louvre, Paris 1832
D24279
Turner Bequest CCLVII 58
Pencil on white laid paper, 175 x 127 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘58’ bottom right and ‘2’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLVII ’ bottom left, descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a study of the Palais du Louvre as seen from the left bank of the Seine as it flows through Paris. Particular attention has been paid to the recession of its long south frontage in perspective. Turner made several sketches of the riverside in the present volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook Introduction. For the watercolours of the city’s 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
January 2015

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Palais du Louvre, Paris 1832 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-palais-du-louvre-paris-r1175307, accessed 25 May 2018.