Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Place de la Concorde, Paris

c.1833

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 139 × 194 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24604
Turner Bequest CCLIX 39

Catalogue entry

Turner worked gouache and watercolour paints onto this sheet of blue paper to depict the north side of the Place de la Concorde, located on right bank of the Seine at Paris. The large buildings at the centre of the scene are the hotels Crillon and de la Marine; the dome of the Church of Notre-Dame de l’Assumption rises on the right-hand edge of the sheet. Art historian Ian Warrell has identified a drawing in the Paris and Environs sketchbook as the basis for this composition: see Tate D24175 (Turner Bequest CCLVII 5).1 The existence of the present colour study suggests that Turner considered the subject as an illustration for Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France) or the new edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–36), although the monument did not make it into either publication in the event.2
1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, p.272.
2
W[illiam] G[eorge] Rawlinson, The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, R.A., London 1908, vol.II, pp.264–76 nos.453–92, 288–92 nos.525–39.
Technical notes:
The verso of this sheet is catalogued under the entry for Tate D40068.

John Chu
August 2014

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