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 161 Recto:
Hôtel de Ville, Paris 1832
Turner Bequest CCLVII 161
Pencil on white laid paper, 175 x 127 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘163’ top left and ‘2’ top right, ascending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLVII 163’ top right, ascending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a study of the Hôtel de Ville at Paris. There are multiple drawings of this edifice in the pages of this volume, a list of which is included in the sketchbook Introduction. These formed the basis for an engraved vignette in a new edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–36); 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-r1175511, accessed 04 March 2021.