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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Hôtel de Ville, Paris 1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 65 Verso:
Hôtel de Ville, Paris 1832
Turner Bequest CCLVII 65a
Pencil on white laid paper, 175 x 127 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Pont d’Arcole’ centre right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the centre of this page with a sketch of the Hôtel de Ville and noted the presence of the newly built suspension bridge, the Pont d’Arcole, just to the right. Named after one of Napoleon’s military victories, this bridge was of particular interest to the artist as he sought subjects to illustrate a new edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–36). There are multiple drawings of the Hôtel de Ville and the Pont d’Arcole in these pages, a list of which is included in the sketchbook Introduction. These formed the basis for one of the published book’s engraved vignettes; see Tate impression T04967.

John Chu
January 2015

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Hôtel de Ville, Paris 1832 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-hotel-de-ville-paris-r1175322, accessed 20 August 2019.