Joseph Mallord William Turner

Riverside Buildings, ?Île de France

c.1826

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 277 × 191 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20480
Turner Bequest CCXXIV 174

Catalogue entry

The date and occasion of this slight pencil sketch of riverbank buildings are not known. However, it is attached to another sketch depicting the River Seine at Saint-Cloud, which Turner specialist Ian Warrell has suggested records an otherwise undocumented expedition from nearby Paris during the 1826 tour; see entry for Tate D20479 (Turner Bequest CCXXIV 173).1
1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, p.28.
Technical Notes:
The sheet is attached to D20479 (Turner Bequest CCXXIV 173) along the bottom edge, from which it is divided by a horizontal crease. There are brown stains, creasing and tearing down the left-hand edge of the sheet.
Verso:
The sheet bears John Ruskin’s red ink note ‘174’ in the bottom right-hand corner.

John Chu
March 2016

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