Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Saint-Cloud or Sèvres, Île-de-France

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
D24441
Turner Bequest CCLVII 140

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled most of this page with a river view, possibly depicting the Seine valley some seven miles west of central Paris. This location is suggested by the presence of the type of long, arched bridge that traversed the river at Saint-Cloud and Sèvres.1 For comparisons, see the watercolours of the riverside scenery in this area which Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time, see Tate D24688 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 123), D24689 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 124), and D24697 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 132).

John Chu
January 2015

1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, pp.55, 223–28.

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