Joseph Mallord William Turner

Palais Bourbon and the Pont de la Concorde, Paris


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 175 x 127 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLVII 3

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner worked onto this page a drawing of the Palais Bourbon as seen from the right bank of the Seine near the gardens of the Palais des Tuileries. Particular attention has been paid to the spacious effect of the arched Pont de la Concorde stretching towards the portico of the Palais Bourbon. Turner made several sketches of the Parisian riverside in the present volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook Introduction. For the watercolours of the city’s quaysides which Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time, see Tate D24683–D24685 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 118–20). These culminated in several engravings 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 impressions T05621–T05623.

John Chu
January 2015

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