Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Banks of the Seine near Jumièges and Duclair, Normandy


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Gouache and watercolour on paper
Support: 141 × 195 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLIX 209

Catalogue entry

Turner worked gouache and watercolour paints onto this sheet of blue paper to depict the hilly banks of the Seine near Jumièges and Duclair in Normandy. Small sailing vessels are reflected in the river’s calm waters while particular attention has been paid to the play of light tones across the steep slopes on the opposite shore. Sketches of this stretch of the Seine recur frequently in the Seine and Paris sketchbook and presumably contributed to the conception of this colour study. For lists of these sketchbook drawings, see the entry for Tate D24015 (Turner Bequest CCLIV 68). For the finished watercolour of this terrain which Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time, see Tate D24671 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 106). All this activity culminated in an illustration for the 1834 volume of Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France); see Tate impression T05603.
Technical notes:
The verso of this sheet is attached to the mount.

John Chu
August 2012

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