J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Grande Galerie of the Louvre, Paris 1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 45 Verso:
Grande Galerie of the Louvre, Paris 1826
Turner Bequest CCXLIX 43a
Pencil on white laid paper, 103 x 153 mm
Inscribed in pencil ‘CCXLIX’ top right, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner much of this page with an outline study of the top-lit Grande Galerie of the Louvre. This is one of several studies of this gallery lighting system which the artist made on his visits to Paris; see Tate D24926 (Turner Bequest CCLX 90) and D24961 (Turner Bequest CCLX 125). Turner scholars have connected this interest in the Louvre design to the artist’s renovations to his own gallery back in London.1

John Chu
May 2015

John Gage, Colour in Turner: Poetry and Truth, London 1969, pp.152, 260 note 107; Ian Warrell and Diane Perkins, Turner & Architecture, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1988, p.17.

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Grande Galerie of the Louvre, Paris 1826 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, March 2017, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-grande-galerie-of-the-louvre-paris-r1185170, accessed 29 November 2021.