Joseph Mallord William Turner

Hôtel de Sillery, 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
D24287
Turner Bequest CCLVII 62

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a sketch of the Hôtel de Sillery on the Quai de Conti. As one of Napoleon’s Parisian residences, this building was of particular interest to the artist as he sought subjects to illustrate a new edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–36). This sketch and the numerous notes which it is inscribed it formed the basis for one of the volume’s engraved vignettes; see Tate impression T04734.

John Chu
January 2015

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