Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

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
D24289
Turner Bequest CCLVII 63

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner worked a long view of the quaysides of Paris across the centre of this page. On the right-hand side if the scene can be seen the steeply pitched roof and highly ornamented pinnacles of the Sainte-Chapelle rising above the rooftops of the Île de la Cité. Turner made several sketches of the Parisian 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.

John Chu
January 2015

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