Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame from the East, Paris


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 174 × 117 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLIV 10

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a panoramic view across the Seine towards the Cathedral of Notre-Dame on the Île-de-la-Cité. Particular attention has been paid to the way in which the two western towers punctuate the skyline and the wide stone arches of the Pont de l’Archevêche and the Pont Saint-Louis. For the watercolours of the Parisian 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
July 2014

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