Joseph Mallord William Turner

Passy, Paris

1826

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 103 x 153 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23322
Turner Bequest CCXLIX 39 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the centre of this page with a view of the Seine as it flows out of Paris. The scene has been identified as Passy, a little to the east of the city.1 In his 1909 inventory, A.J. Finberg transcribed the note in the upper right-hand quadrant of the page as ‘Cyp’, implicitly suggesting that Turner wished to connect his impressions of the scene with the landscapes of the seventeenth-century Dutch painter Aelbert Cuyp.2 Several art historians subsequently connected this note to multiple comparable notes on Cuyp in other sketchbooks.3

John Chu
May 2015

1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p. 237.
2
A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.II, p.758.
3
Jack Lindsay, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work: A Critical Biography, London 1966, pp.54, 226 note 25; Evelyn Joll, Martin Butlin and Luke Herrmann (eds.), The Oxford Companion to J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 2001, p.69.

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