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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Les Invalides; Montmatre, Paris 1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 42 Verso:
Les Invalides; Montmatre, Paris
Turner Bequest CCXLIX 40a
Pencil on white laid paper, 103 x 153 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘M[...]m [...]s’ top left, ‘PL 15’ top right, ‘Rock’ bottom left
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner found high ground to the west of Paris and filled this page with views of the Seine as it flows out of the city. On the right-hand edge of the page is featured the dome of Les Invalides. As Tate curator Ian Warrell has observed, windmills can be glimpsed spinning atop Montmartre in the upper left-hand quadrant of the page.1

John Chu
May 2015

Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p. 237.

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Les Invalides; Montmatre, Paris 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-les-invalides-montmatre-paris-r1185164, accessed 19 October 2021.