Joseph Mallord William Turner

Porte Saint-Denis, 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: 175 × 127 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24494
Turner Bequest CCLVII 167

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. A colour study showing this subject from a similar vantage was subsequently worked up (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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