Joseph Mallord William Turner

River Seine near 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 x 127 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24413
Turner Bequest CCLVII 125

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with two drawings of Paris seen in the distance from a high vantage. The sketch on the bottom half of the page records the city’s varied skyline with the two western towers of Notre-Dame Cathedral on the right-hand side of the scene. A large dome, belonging to Les Invalides or the Panthéon, is featured in the top view, with the River Seine curving through the landscape to the right.

John Chu
January 2015

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