Joseph Mallord William Turner

St-Sulpice, Paris

1821

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 × 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18575
Turner Bequest CCXI 32 a

Catalogue entry

This study, identified as the Church of St-Sulpice in Paris, is a rare instance of Turner paying attention to single architectural motifs during his 1821 tour of northern France.1 Rather than a single sketch, there appear to be several studies here of different architectural features including the distinctive non-identical towers at the west end of the church as seen from the south-east.
There are further sketches of Paris on folios 33 verso–34 and 39 (Tate D18577–D18578, D18585; Turner Bequest CCXI 33a–34, 39).

Thomas Ardill
February 2013

1
Warrell 1999, p.24.

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