Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Paris from Saint-Cloud, Île-de-France


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 174 × 117 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLIV 15 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the top half of this page with panoramic views across the hills and riverside architecture of the Seine valley from a high vantage. The sketch along the centre of the page features the towers and steeples of a distant city. Although Turner’s handling is too cursory here for the identification of a definite location for these prospects, the neighbouring pages in the volume contain sketches of similar landscapes taken around Saint-Cloud, located some seven miles west of central Paris with impressive views back to the city.1 For comparisons, see examples of the watercolours of the riverside scenery around Saint-Cloud which Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time; Tate D24688 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 123), D24689 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 124), and D24697 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 132).

John Chu
July 2014

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

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