Joseph Mallord William Turner

Père-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
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 22

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a drawing taken at the hillside Père-Lachaise Cemetery some two miles east of central Paris.1 On the right-hand side of the page are featured the neoclassical tombs typical of this relatively recent foundation (1804) while a panoramic vista of the city stretches off to the left. The two western towers of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame can be made out towards the left of the scene. 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); 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

Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, pp.54, 243–6.

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