Joseph Mallord William Turner

View on the Seine between Mantes and Vernon (Rolleboise on the Road from Bonnieres)


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Gouache and watercolour on paper
Support: 143 × 194 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLIX 114

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The published title for this work specifies only the two towns between which the scene lies, suggesting either that Turner was unsure of the name of the place he had depicted, or alternatively that it was of less importance than his desire to recreate a general impression of the route running along beside the Seine. However, on the back of the sheet an inscription attempts to identify the location as 'Beaupiare', presumably a mistaken recollection of the village of Bonnières. The plunging perspective was something Turner had utilised in his paintings of the 1820s, but for which he may here have been indebted to Hobbema's famous picture of *The Avenue, Middleharnis* (National Gallery), which was on the market in the early 1830s.

Gallery label, September 2004

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