Joseph Mallord William Turner

Palais du Louvre, Paris; Melun, Île-de-France

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 x 127 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24282
Turner Bequest CCLVII 59 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the upper half of this page with a view of monumental Parisian buildings. The long classical frontage to the right belongs to the Palais du Louvre on the right bank of the Seine as it flows through the city. Turner made several sketches of the 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. A smaller view of a town with a long bridge at the bottom of the page was taken at Melun, located some thirty miles south-east of central Paris. For a list of the sketches which Turner made in this riverside town, see the sketchbook Introduction. For the watercolour of the town which Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time, see Tate D24690 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 125). 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 T04725.

John Chu
January 2015

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