Turner visited the Seine in 1832 as part of his preparation for his series, The Rivers of France, published in 1833–5. Many of his sketches include steamboats. The prints emphasise the historic and scenic associations of the Seine, as we might expect of a publication intended to make possible a kind of ‘armchair tourism’. But the presence
of steamboats are a frequent reminder of modernity.
Gallery label, August 2004
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