Joseph Mallord William Turner

Porte Saint-Denis, 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: 175 x 127 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24249
Turner Bequest CCLVII 42 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner worked onto this page a view of the seventeenth-century Porte Saint-Denis, located amidst the Parisian right-bank boulevards. The Porte-Saint-Martin can also be made out in the background. Art historian Ian Warrell has identified this drawing as a source for a slightly later colour study of this location (Tate D24571; Turner Bequest CCLIX 6).1 The existence of these depictions 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)2 although the Porte Saint-Denis did not make it into this publication in the event.

John Chu
January 2015

1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, p.272.
2
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.

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