Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Banks of the River Seine at Villequier

?1829

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 107 × 156 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23809
Turner Bequest CCLIII 56 a

Catalogue entry

The page contains a simple sketch, drawn horizontally, of a coastal view with high ground in mid-distance on the right coming down to the river stretching into the distance on the left. Two boats, whether sailing or steamboats is not clear, are depicted on the water at left. Finberg identified this sketch as ‘Banks of Seine’1 and the location has been further specified as Villequier,2 a town on the river.
1
Finberg 1909, II, p.770.
2
?Ian Warrell, ‘Turner on the Seine: Topographical Index’, c.1999, Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain (printout in copy of Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999), p.6.
Technical notes:
There is brownish discolouration on this page, the edge of the staining apparent on the right, from damage likely caused by the 1928 Tate Gallery flood (see the technical notes to the sketchbook’s Introduction).

Caroline South
May 2017

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