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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Palais Bourbon and Pont de la Concorde, Paris 1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 33 Verso:
Palais Bourbon and Pont de la Concorde, Paris 1826
Turner Bequest CCXLIX 31a
Pencil on white laid paper, 103 x 153 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Rive de Bas[...] [...]’ bottom centre
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with studies of the riverside buildings of Paris. The area depicted is to the west of the city where the Seine flows under the Pont de la Concord and past the columned Palais Bourbon, seen here in the lower right-hand quadrant. There are numerous pages featuring the riverside of Paris in the present volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook introduction. Turner made numerous studies of the city’s quaysides over the course of his career, culminating in several illustrations of the subject for the 1835 volume of Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France); see Tate impressions T05621–T05623.

John Chu
May 2015

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Palais Bourbon and Pont de la Concorde, 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-palais-bourbon-and-pont-de-la-concorde-paris-r1185147, accessed 27 October 2021.