Joseph Mallord William Turner

Place de la Concorde, Paris


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 175 × 127 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLVII 5

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the lower part of this page with a sketch of the north side of the Place de la Concorde, located on right bank of the Seine at Paris. The large buildings to the right of the scene are the Hôtels Crillon and de la Marine. Art historian Ian Warrell has identified this drawing as the basis for a subsequent colour study: see Tate D24604 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 39).1 The existence of these studies suggests that Turner considered the subject as an illustration for Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France) or the new edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–36), although the landmark did not make it into either publication in the event.2

John Chu
January 2015

Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, p.272.
W[illiam] G[eorge] Rawlinson, The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, R.A., London 1908, vol.II, pp.264–76 nos.453–92, 288–92 nos.525–39.

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