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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Paris from a High Vantage 1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 50 Verso:
Paris from a High Vantage 1832
Turner Bequest CCLVII 50a
Pencil on white laid paper, 175 x 127 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the top half of this page with cursory drawings of Paris seen from a high vantage. The dome which appears in the upper left-hand quadrant of the page may belong to Les Invalides or the Panthéon. Multiple panoramas of the city were sketched on this tour, contributing to the background vista of an engraved illustration for a new edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–36); see Tate impression T04744.

John Chu
January 2015

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Paris from a High Vantage 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-paris-from-a-high-vantage-r1175292, accessed 05 December 2021.