Joseph Mallord William Turner

Père-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

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 × 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23916
Turner Bequest CCLIV 18 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with studies of the hillside Père-Lachaise Cemetery some two miles east of central Paris. 1 Special attention has been paid on the left-hand side of the page to the neoclassical tombs typical of this relatively recent foundation. The owners of these mausoleums are noted by Turner in a semi-decipherable hand at the bottom of the page. The many studies of Père-Lachaise in this sketchbook culminated in an engraved illustration for a new edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–36); see Tate impression T04744.
A list of pages in the sketchbook featuring Père-Lachaise is provided in the entry for folio 24 verso (D23928; Turner Bequest 24a).

John Chu
July 2014

1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, p.243.

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