Joseph Mallord William Turner

Barrière de Passy, Paris

1832

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
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
D24473
Turner Bequest CCLVII 156

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a study of the Barrière de Passy, built to the west of Paris in the late eighteenth century as a customs house. This drawing formed the basis for the watercolour of the subject which Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time, see Tate D24682 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 117). This led to an illustration 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 impression T04719.
Technical notes:
There are streaks of ochre in the upper right-hand quadrant of the page.

John Chu
January 2015

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