Joseph Mallord William Turner

Arc de Triomphe, Paris

1832

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 175 × 127 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24416
Turner Bequest CCLVII 126 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with studies of Paris’s monuments and their architectural details. The Arc de Triomphe, commissioned by Napoleon at the height of his success, features prominently at the centre of the page. The existence of this drawing suggests that Turner considered the subject as an illustration for Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France) or the new edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–36), although the landmark did not make it into either publication in the event.1

John Chu
January 2015

1
W[illiam] G[eorge] Rawlinson, The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, R.A., London 1908, . vol.II, pp.264–76 nos.453–92, 288–92 nos.525–39.

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