Joseph Mallord William Turner

Basilique Saint-Denis, 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
D24254
Turner Bequest CCLVII 45 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the middle of this page with a study of the northern flank of the Basilique Saint-Denis, located some five miles north of central Paris. The spire of the north tower, subsequently struck by lightning, appears here intact. This volume includes several drawings of this edifice, a list of which is included in the sketchbook Introduction. For the watercolour of the subject which Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time, see Tate D24686 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 121). 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 T04715.

John Chu
January 2015

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