Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Vendôme Column, Paris

1832

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 175 × 127 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24244
Turner Bequest CCLVII 40

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with drawings of monumental structures in Paris. Turner Bequest curator, A.J. Finberg suggested that the two sketches of columns in the centre of the page depict the July Column in the Place de la Bastille in the later stages of construction. Since this column was not fully complete until 1840 however, the drawings more likely record the similar Vendôme Column, which had been denuded of its statue of Napoleon during the Bourbon Restoration. For a comparison, see Turner’s sketch of the column in this volume (D24273; Turner Bequest CCLVII 55).

John Chu
January 2015

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