Joseph Mallord William Turner

Père-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

1832

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
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
D23921
Turner Bequest CCLIV 21

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with a view taken at the hillside Père-Lachaise Cemetery some two miles east of central Paris.1 In the foreground are featured the neoclassical tombs typical of this relatively recent foundation (1804) while a panoramic vista of the city faintly stretches off into the distance on the right. 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 (1834–6);2 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, pp.54, 243–6.
2
W[illiam] G[eorge] Rawlinson, The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, R.A., vol.II, London 1908, pp.289–92 nos.530–40.

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