Joseph Mallord William Turner

Quayside, Paris


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
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 59

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the left-hand side of this page with a view along the left bank of the Seine as it flows through Paris. The domed structure which terminates the prospect is the Baroque Institut de France. Turner made several sketches of the riverside in the present volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook Introduction. For the watercolours of the city’s quaysides which Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time, see Tate D24683–D24685 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 118–20). These culminated in several engravings in the 1835 volume of Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France); see Tate impressions T05621–T05623. A smaller view of buildings with a tower runs at right angles to this sketch on the right-hand edge of the page.

John Chu
January 2015

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