Joseph Mallord William Turner

Paris ?from Saint-Cloud, 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: 174 x 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23904
Turner Bequest CCLIV 12 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with a wide view of the Seine with Paris in the distance. Boats are arranged haphazardly in the foreground, presumably grounded on the riverbank, while the dome of Les Invalides or the Panthéon rises above the horizon line. Although the foreground is too cursorily drawn to identify a definite location, the neighbouring pages in the volume contain drawings of similar landscapes taken around Saint-Cloud, located some seven miles west of central Paris.1 For comparisons, the list of views taken in that vicinity in this sketchbook under the entry for folio 17 verso (D23914; Turner Bequest CCLIV 17a).

John Chu
July 2014

1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, pp.55, 223–8.

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